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Brain Health: Omega-3s Support Cognitive Function

DHA

is the most abundant fatty acid in the human brain

Omega-3s are important for brain health and function. At least 50% of the brain is fat, and DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the brain, but the supply must be replenished on a regular basis. Research has shown an impact of omega-3s on cognitive function and memory, symptoms of depression, ADHD, and recovery from traumatic brain injuries.

Cognitive Function

Research shows that consuming an omega-3 supplement improves cognition and working memory and emerging research shows omega-3 consumption may prevent cognitive decline.

Mental Health

Omega-3s play a role in mood regulation, helping the brain communicate using the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, and reducing inflammation in the brain, which has been linked to depression.  Diets deficient in omega-3s are associated with a 50% decrease in the number of dopaminergic neurons, the main source of dopamine.  

ADHD / Learning

Emerging science shows that omega-3s may help reduce the symptoms associated with ADHD.

Traumatic Brain Injury

According to emerging science and clinical experience, high intake of omega-3s may also be beneficial for brain injuries such as TBI, concussion, and post-concussion syndrome.

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