Breaking News

Study Set to Determine if Omega-3 Can Impact Solider Suicide Rate

October 10, 2012

A $10 million, three-year study will soon begin testing to see whether or not a specially formulated omega-3 smoothie can influence military suicide rates. The multi-organizational study, funded by the Military Operational Medicine Joint Program Committee (JPC-5) and managed by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), will take place at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
The study will be led by Bernadette Marriott, Ph.D., a professor in the Clinical Neuroscience Division of the Institute of Psychiatry at MUSC, proposed that daily supplementation of omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFAs) will reduce the risks of mental illness and suicide among veterans who are determined to be at increased risk for suicidal behaviors. Capt. Joseph R. Hibbeln, M.D., of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Laboratory of Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics, and a co-investigator on the MUSC omega-3 trial, is a leading researcher in the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on psychiatric disorders. Based on previous studies, he has long maintained the potential of dietary supplementation with omega-3s to substantially impact mental illness. A pilot sub-study of the trial will look at the impact of omega-3 supplementation and alcohol consumption in suicidal veterans and suicidal veterans with alcohol use disorders.
The Researchers from MUSC, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, which is part of the National Institutes of Health) were awarded the study contract at a time with there are an unprecedented number of suicides in the military. In July 2012, the Army announced that 38 soldiers were presumed dead by suicide that month alone, marking the highest number of recorded suicides since reporting began.

Related Nutraceuticals:

Related Market Segments:

  • Skeleton Crew: Solutions for Bone Health

    Skeleton Crew: Solutions for Bone Health

    Lisa Schofield, Contributing Writer||March 1, 2017
    Products that can help aging populations stay active and independent will be in a strong market position.

  • Go for the Gold

    Go for the Gold

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||March 1, 2017
    Consumers around the world are tuning in to turmeric’s health benefits.

  • Nutritional Minerals: Tried & True

    Nutritional Minerals: Tried & True

    Lisa Olivo, Associate Editor||January 3, 2017
    Among the most elementary ingredients in the nutraceuticals space, minerals continue to benefit public health.