The following is a commentary by Dr. Richard H. Carmona, seventeenth Surgeon General of the United States (2002– 2006), presented at the Nutritional Armor for the Warfighter Conference, jointly hosted by the Samueli Institute through the Metabolic Defense Program and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
(1) the evolution of optimizing warrior performance,
(2) an overview of omega-3 fatty acids and their potential to modulate health,
(3) problems with the translation of nutrition research from the scientific community to policy makers and the general public, and
(4) how soldier fitness can be enhanced through nutritional protocols that incorporate omega-3 fatty acids into warrior diets.