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Mentions of Omega-3 in USDA Dietary Guidelines 2015 report

We took the initiative to find Mentions of Omega-3s in the Dietary Guidelines report for 2015. Search results only turned up "Omega3" 7 times, and only 2 of those siting accompanied some actual science review of health impacts of fat-intake. We'll publish a detailed analysis as soon as we can!

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The very limited science review is at least something to go on. It's good news that it is reviewed in context of depression and cognitive wellness, and Omega-3 are referred to as an ESSENTIAL Fat. Initial reviews show some odd insight into micro-nurtient quality of farmed vs wild caught fish. Our ethos is to #LetFishLive for many reasons, so disappointed to see no mention of Hempseed and Chia and scant talk of flax.

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1308 DIETARY PATTERNS AND NEUROLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL 1309 ILLNESSES 1310 Existing Evidence around Foods and Nutrients and Neurological and 1311 Psychological Illnesses 1312 Neuropsychological development and function is increasingly recognized as a high national 1313 priority for health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Two major components of 1314 neuropsychological function are cognition, the ability to reason, and mood, balanced and 1315 appropriate to enable optimal cognition. 1316 1317 Nutrition for optimal neurodevelopment in very young children has long been a subject of 1318 research. The 2010 DGAC concluded that moderate evidence supported a positive relationship 1319 between maternal dietary intakes of n-3 from seafood and improved cognitive ability in infants. 151 1320 The rising numbers of U.S. older adults and the potential human and financial cost of 1321 age-related cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, also have helped drive national interest in chronic mental disease. 152, 153 1322 Separately, depression affected 8 1323 percent of Americans for at least two weeks annually from 2007-2010, and of these, 80 percent report functional impairment. 154 1324 Many preclinical and human studies have established 1325 relationships between traditional nutrients (e.g., omega-3 fatty acids) and central nervous system 1326 composition and function. Studies appearing in the last few years reflect the increasing research 1327 interest in the links between diet and neurological health. 1328 1329 The hypothesis that nutrition can reduce and/or play a role in the treatment of these mental 1330 diseases and their related burdens has been studied in relation to several nutrients and foods, including the B vitamins, vitamin E, and selenium. 155, 156 1331 The omega-3 fatty acids Part D. Chapter 2: Dietary Patterns, Foods and Nutrients, and Health Outcomes Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 36 1332 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are among the most studied 1333 nutrients for neural health, in part because DHA is a major component of the brain, specifically 1334 gray matter and its synapses, and the specialized light detecting cells of the retina. DHA, in 1335 particular, suppor