In 2006, 13 miners were trapped underground in a West Virginia coal mine explosion. One survived. Despite being trapped and exposed to extreme levels of carbon monoxide for nearly two days, he recovered from his coma with his memory intact and the ability to relearn how to walk, talk and do all of the basics. Most doctors considered it a miracle.
Dr. Bailes seems to think part miracle, part fish oil. Many researchers would tend to agree. Despite receiving regular treatment for his conditions, Dr. Bailes, the miners neurosurgeon, also ordered a daily dose of 15000 mg of DHA and EPA. And, Men’s Health reporter Sabrina Erderly says, Bailes contributes the omega-3 doses to the rebuilding of damaged gray and white matter in the miner’s brain. Also quoted is Dr. Jing X. Kang M.D., Ph.D., a Harvard researcher that sites omega-3 as being not only for brain function, but heart health and immunity function, and it’s involvement in the metabolism of the body’s cells.
Many studies also show that DHA can even help increase the IQ of babies by obtaining appropriate amounts of DHA during pregnancy. And research uncovered by Men’s Health also notes that some scientists who believe that early man evolved in a section of southern Africa, also note that humans may have surpassed animals in brain development because of the large intake of DHA through diets of fish, nuts and seeds. So again, we look to omega-3 in hopes of meeting the body’s needs, fending off disease and fighting failing health with miraculous DHA and EPA. But check with your doctor for appropriate supplement dosage, as too high levels can encourage blood thinning in some individuals.