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AnalysisNotices:It was observed that over the course of 15 days, performance in the memory recall test gradually improved and grew by 4 levels.In contrast the fact recall tests show that for the first three teststhe number of facts gotten correct lowers by a total of 5.However in the last testthe score spikes up by 8 facts.To find the avagrage amount of servings of omega 3 I have per day, I need to add how many servings I got everyday, then take that number and divide it by 13( the number of days I participated). I followed the steps and found the avarage amount of sevings of omega 3 consumed every day is 2.69 servings. I did the same sort of thing to find the avaragr rate of increase for both tests. I found that for both tests the avarage rate of increase of levels or facts is 1.33 per test.Trends:Looking back at the daliy data and testing data it appears that days when I feel sweatyor have exercised I improve my scores on the memory recall testin comparison to past tests.I also have overall improved my memory recall test by 4 levels.On my third test I had transitioned to eating less omega 3 and 2 eggs a day for a weekas well as eating more vitamin c and antidioxidants for two days because I was sick with a fever and the day I took my test I still felt pretty crummy.Yet, on that third test I moved up another level on the memory recall test and gained 9 points on the fact recall test.My tests also show that I did not improve but regressed from my benchmark during the first two fact recall tests. I do not know how this happend or why. My best guess is that I am simply not very skilled at mad minutes (A.K.A. fact recall tests) because according to my past preformance I never have excelled at mad minutes.Conclusion:The hypothesisfor this case study is "if I reduce my intake of junk food and saturated fats and replace them with omega 3 fatty acids,then I can improve my brain health." This hypothesis is supported by the testing data. In order for the hypothesis to be supported both tests (memory recall and fact recall), need to show overall improvement. The memory recall test improved, overall, by 4 levels. The fact recall test improved, overall, by 3 facts. Therefore, the hypothesis is supported because both the memory recall and fact recall tests showed overall improvement. The case study's problem is " Can I improve my brain health by consuming omega 3 fatty acid rich foods instead of other fats (such as fats in meat) everyday? The answer to this question is yes, consuming omega 3s and laying off the saturated fats improve your brain health. Unfortunately over the course of thne case study I fel ill for 3-4 days. On those days I still had omega 3 but not as much. Instead I focused on vitamin c, antidioxidants, and water. I also ate out twice during the case study but I still recivecd omega 3. Another variable is that I generally did a test every 3 days but I was out of school when there was a test. Next time to improve the case study, I can complete the case study during the time when I generally don't get sick. I should also make more of an effort to get not an avarage of 2.6 servings a day but instead an avrage of 3+ servings a day. I could have tried to dig deeper and find some common foods that most people don't realize have omega 3 in them. I hope to continue to consume omega 3s at each meal, for this case study has proven that making a small adjustment in your diet can improve your brain health (at least if your a 12 year old female).

So what is omega 3?Definition of OMEGA-3: being or composed of polyunsaturated fatty acids that have the final double bond in the hydrocarbon chain between the third and fourth carbon atoms from the end of the molecule opposite that of the carboxyl group and that are found especially in fish, fish oils, green leafy vegetables, and some nuts and vegetable oilsfrom:

Problem:Can I improve my brain health by consuming omega 3s fatty acids instead of other fats,such as fats in meat or regular protein everyday?Research:"Two recent studies from Europe show that key goals for teenagers for brain health is to reduce the intake of saturated fats and junk food while boosting omega-3 intake. These studies indicate that eating the wrong type of fats in adolescence appears to have long-lasting effects on learning and memory during adulthood."from:""Omega-3 fatty acids support synaptic plasticity and seem to positively affect the expression of several molecules related to learning and memory that are found on synapses," Gmez-Pinilla said. "Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for normal brain function."from:"In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have determined that healthy young adults ages 18-25 can improve their working memory even further by increasing their Omega-3 fatty acid intake"from:

Hypothesis:If... I reduce my intake of junk food and saturated fats while replacing them with omega 3 fatty acids, then... I can improve my brain health.Materials list:- An asortment of food wich contain omega 3 fatty acids.- A hiding spot (to conceal a good portion of junk food.Experiment procedure:1. Take baseline tests.2.Choose to eat omega 3 rich foods and lower intake of saturated fats and junk food.3.Report progress daily (for two weeks) on planning sheet.4.Take "Mad Minutes" and visual memory tests at every 3 days, 3 more times.5. Analyze and report findings by due date.

How Omega 3 effects a growing brain..."Researchers from the University of Pittsburg have demonstrated that serious teenage mood disturbances and addiction are linked to a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids, a problem that typically started with the parents lacking omega-3 themselves. It is commonly assumed that various types of stress and poor living environment are the major factors causing such problems. This new study shows that a lack of dietary omega-3 intake spanning several generations has a profound negative impact on teenage behavior and is a major contributor to common difficult problems facing teens."from:"Preliminary results from a study in England show that school performance improved among a group of students receiving omega-3 fatty acids. In an Australian study, 396 children between the ages 6 and 12 who were given a drink with omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients (iron, zinc, folic acid and vitamins A, B6, B12 and C) showed higher scores on tests measuring verbal intelligence and learning and memory after six months and one year than a control group of students who did not receive the nutritional drink."from:"The long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish and fish oil supplements are critical to brain development and function throughout our lifetime. New research has found that EPA and DHA are especially important to the teenage brain. During adolescence especially the areas of the brain associated with learning and memory undergo active turnover requiring adequate DHA and EPA."from:

Omega 3 and the Adolesent Brain



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