This week, my experiment involves the use of Omega 3 supplements to see how they impact mood and improve brainpower.
Let’s start with a step back to the basics…
What is Omega 3
Omega 3 fatty acids (also called ω−3 fatty acids or n−3 fatty acids) are fats commonly found in marine and plant oils. They are polyunsaturated fatty acids with a double bond (C=C) starting after the third carbon atom from the end of the carbon chain. The fatty acids have two ends—the acid (COOH) end and the methyl (CH3) end. The location of the first double bond is counted from the methyl end, which is also known as the omega (ω) end or the n end.
That’s a lot of scientific talk, but the important part of this experiment is that Omega 3 is supposed to have benefits both for brainpower and for mood – hence the saying “vitamins for the brain“. I’ll be testing both of these this week.
Each day of this week, I will be charting my mood out of 10, and working to complete a Sudoku puzzle. We’ll see if my mood improves or if I improve my brainpower!
Vitamins for the Brain – Day 1
Day 1 of this experiment was done without Omega 3 Vitamins for the purpose of having a “control” day.
On the first day of my experiment, I took 10 minutes and 3 seconds to complete a sudoku puzzle, and I would rank my mood at 6.5 out of 10. Let’s see what the next week holds!