Majority of College Football Players are Omega-3 Deficient
Research suggests that omega-3s may provide protection in the case of traumatic brain injury. However, a recent study suggests that the vast majority of college football players do not potentially protective levels of omega-3s in their blood, despite the very high risk of traumatic brain injury in that group.
Participants in the study included 112 NCAA Division 1 college football players. The researchers drew blood from all of the players and found that only one had an omega-3 index of 8%. That is the level that is considered to be best for cardiovascular and neuroprotective benefits. The mean omega-3 index for the players was 4.35%.
The researchers also noted that college football teams are not allowed to give players omega-3 supplements, as the NCAA is a food first organization.
Researchers from Texas Christian University conducted the study. It was presented in poster form at a meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Minneapolis, MN held the week of May 29, 2018.
Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s. For people who don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.