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Omega-3’s Role in the Battle for Nutritional Armor


Omega-3s and the Military: Active duty soldiers are often captive diners eating at dining facilities on base both here and in a deployed environment. Finding the right nutritional balance is especially important for this group, whose dining choices are made by a combination of procurement staff, defense logistics personnel and health education professionals, long before that soldier steps into the food line or opens an MRE.

Samueli Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened a panel of experts to review the optimal fatty acids for military service members. The panel unanimously agreed that a military Daily Recommended Intake for omega-3 fatty acids should be established while also working to lower current intakes of omega-6s.

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