The brain is the control center of the human body. It continues to change and grow as we age. Omega-3s are crucial to brain development, as well as health and maintenance throughout the lifecycle.
Only adipose tissue contains more fatty acids than the body’s central nervous system, including the brain. The omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is the most common fatty acid in the human brain, constitutes around 20% of all brain fatty acids. Phospholipid omega-3s play key roles in the proper structure and function of brain cell membranes and cell signaling. Conversely, an omega-3 deficiency in brain tissue may affect brain functioning and delay development.
Omega-3s & Brain Development
DHA is a crucial brain fatty acid
IMPROVES CELL SIGNALING
supports brain health & structure
Omega-3s are primarily obtained from diet. Particularly before birth and during early childhood—periods of rapid brain growth and development—the limited intra-cellular synthesis of omega-3s in the brain has been shown to be inadequate for sustaining brain health. Throughout life, the amount of omega-3s found in the brain is influenced by dietary intake of fatty acids and by the brain’s developmental stage.
Cognitive Function Support
Superba™ helps increase omega-3 intake
the brain prefers phospholipid omega-3s
supports cognitive function
Omega-3 intake is reported to be valuable in supporting healthy memory and cognitive functions. In fact, sufficiently high intake of omega-3s has been linked with maintaining and enhancing cognitive health among the elderly. Therefore, adequate consumption of omega-3s is recommended to maintain memory performance and reduce the risk of developing mild memory problems associated with aging.
Importance of Omega-3s at Every Age
important for babies
promotes focus & learning in children
aids age-related memory performance
The developing brain undergoes particularly rapid growth during the third trimester of fetal life and the first two years of childhood. Insufficiency of certain nutrients can disrupt the complex process of brain development. Omega-3s are crucial for optimal growth and development of the human brain, and an adequate supply is needed from early fetal life. In fact, an association between infants’ omega-3 status and developmental outcome has been observed in some clinical studies.
Not only are omega-3s important for fetal brain development, but research indicates it continues to influence brain function throughout childhood and into adulthood. Low levels of omega-3s in blood and an altered pattern of omega-3s in the brain are observed in children and adolescents who sometimes have trouble concentrating. Some research suggests omega-3 supplementation helps children focus, while positively impacting their behavior and learning.