New MUSC study looks to combat veterans suicide rate with Omega-3 smoothie

New MUSC study looks to combat veterans suicide rate with Omega-3 smoothie
Published: Sep. 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In the United States, every 65 minutes, a military veteran commits suicide.

The alarming statistics, as reported by the Department of Defense, are part of the reason why MUSC researchers have been working to find a solution to the growing problem.

In March, the hospital unveiled it's BRAVO study, which stands for Better Resiliency Among Veterans with Omega-3's.

The 6-month trials requires that participants drink an Omega-3's enriched smoothie three times a day, along with cognitive tests, and a nutritional assessment.

"In other studies, it has been shown that Omega 3's can improve mood," said study physician, Dr. Bernadette Marriott.

"It's disturbing because I know what they go through," added study nurse Alice Bova.

"I know that they are good people.  They're putting their lives on the line.  When they come back, they have to deal with the trauma."

The BRAVO study, which is funded by the Department of Defense, has 25 active participants currently enrolled.  Their goal is 300.

"You ask yourself, why are some people more resilient, what makes some people experience trauma, recover and go forward, and others not," said Bova.

All questions researchers are working to answer, in hopes of saving lives in the process.

For more information on the BRAVO study, call 888-322-6884, or visit


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