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Low Levels of Omega-3 Fats Linked to Suicide in Military

Low Levels of Omega-3 Fats Linked to Suicide in Military

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  • U.S. military personnel with the lowest levels of the animal-based omega-3 fat DHA were at the greatest risk of committing suicide
  • All U.S. service members were found deficient in animal-based omega-3 fats
  • Omega-3 fats play an important role in positive mental health and may help relieve depressive symptoms and reduce suicide risks

By Dr. Mercola

Suicide deaths in the U.S. military have escalated to record numbers. Since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, more than 1,100 soldiers have taken their lives, including a record 301 last year alone. In July 2011, the Army reported 32 soldiers had committed suicide, which is the highest monthly suicide toll yet reported.

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