Cognitive Health

Omega fatty acids support a wide range of cognitive health benefits such as brain development and cognitive function, while lowering symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, bipolar disorder and other mood related conditions. The key actives responsible for these cardiovascular benefits are EPA and DHA found in krill oil and fish oil, ALA found in flax oil, and GLA found in borage oil, evening primrose oil and black currant oil.

DHA:  Studies show that DHA supports brain development, cognitive function and lowers symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

  • Brain development:  DHA promotes neuron growth and the development of nerve connections, a benefit with significant importance to prenatal mothers and infants. DHA not only aids in brain development but also protects our nerve cells from damage.
  • Cognitive Function: This omega-3 fatty acid plays a significant role in boosting our memory and learning ability, enhancing overall cognitive function.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):  Studies show that DHA lower impulsive and hyperactive behavioral symptoms of individuals experiencing ADHD, while increasing their attention span.

EPA:  This omega-3 fatty acid improves symptoms seen in depressive and bipolar patients. Patients experiencing bipolar disorder go through periods of depression alternating with periods of mania; studies show that supplementing with EPA can lower these symptoms.

ALA:  When we supplement with ALA, it gets converted to EPA and DHA in our body, providing all the cognitive health benefits offered by both these omega-3 fatty acids.

GLA:  Although the exact scientific reason behind why symptoms associated with PMS and menopause occur has yet to be identified, studies show that taking GLA supplements lower mood-related symptoms by supporting hormonal balance in women experiencing these conditions.

Abstracts

  1. Role of DHA and ALA in brain development.  Read more.
  2. Role of fatty acids and behavior.  Read more.

Articles

  1. Brain Food – Paying attention to the right fats can help your child tame ADD. Read more.