Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Brain Health

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Omega-3s Improve Brain Function and Structure in Older Adults

Our ProDHATM  1000 is in the long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated family of fatty acids (LC-n3-FA). Seafish are rich in Omega 3s.  In this study (see: http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/23/cercor.bht163.full), researchers found a significant increase in executive functions after LC-n3-FA compared with placebo (P = 0.023). In parallel, LC-n3-FA exerted beneficial effects on white matter microstructural integrity and gray matter volume in frontal, temporal, parietal, and limbic areas primarily of the left hemisphere, and on carotid intima media thickness and diastolic blood pressure.

Figure: Changes in executive functions due to 26 weeks of supplementary LC-n3-FA or placebo. (A) Subjects of the LC-n3-FA-group (black, circles) significantly improved in executive functions compared with controls (dashed, triangles, ANOVARM, P = 0.023, Bonferroni-corrected). (B) Improvements in a subtest of executive functions, that is verbal fluency, correlated significantly with increases in EPA content in the membranes of erythrocytes after LC-n3-FA supplementation (P = 0.009). Error bars indicate standard error. **P < 0.01 according to post hoc t-test.

This publication provides experimental evidence that marine LC-n3-FA improve executive functions, white matter microstructure, GM volume, and vascular markers in older adults. Cognitive improvements correlated with increases in omega-3-index, BDNF, and with decreases in fasting insulin.

ProDHA-1000 would valuable supplement for keeping your brain healthy. I will continue posting on how our supplements help boost differentiation of your Neural Stem Cells and levels of Neurotrophins. Understanding this biology will give you knowledge on ways to keep your brain healthy.