Fish oils have long been believed to be good for the brain, boosting brainpower and alertness. Now, it appears that certain fish oil proteins may also help protect the brain from traumatic brain injury.
A study conducted by researchers at West Virginia University in Morgantown used research conducted on animals to conclude that fish body oils protect the brain from injury. In this experiment, rats were treated with omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid. The supplement was isolated from an algae species. The rats were given 40 mg of docosahexaenoic acid per kilogram of body weight.
The researchers observed the rats that were given the omega-3 treatment and determined their response to induced traumatic brain injury. They compared the tissue and behavioral responses of the rats that were given the treatment with another group of rats that did not receive the supplement. They found that tissue damage caused by traumatic brain injury was significantly lower in the rats that were given the high doses of docosahexaenoic acid. The researchers also found that in the rats that were taking the supplements, there was a substantial reduction in the expression of a Beta-amyloid protein that is typically linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the researchers, the findings can be analyzed to conclude that the omega-3 supplements provided the rat’s protection against the effects of traumatic brain injury.
California brain injury attorneys are encouraged by the findings of the study which may indicate that certain groups of people who are at high risk of brain injury, could possibly benefit from taking such supplements. For instance, athletes, children, and military vets who are at high risk of accidents that cause brain injury may benefit from taking high-dose omega-3 supplements.