“Nutritional Armor: Omega-3 for the Warfighter” is a special issue of Military Medicine containing peer-reviewed articles, panel summaries, and expert commentaries about omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, in dietary and supplement protocols, and their relationship to health, brain function, response to injury and trauma, and the enhancement of performance.

Much of this research was originally presented in 2009 at the “Nutritional Armor for the Warfighter Conference,” jointly hosted by the Samueli Institute through its Metabolic Defense Program and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. At the conference, experts in nutritional science, biochemistry, physiology and clinical applications, as well as doctors and high-ranking military personnel presented the latest research on essential fatty acids. Subsequently, participants prepared manuscripts sum- marizing their research and presented material. Updates on these articles were obtained over the last year and peer reviewed.

Of particular interest was gathering evidence to determine whether omega-3 and omega-6 intake should be changed in the military and, if so, in what populations, proportions, and through which methods.

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