Are you aware of how important it is to consume lots of animal-based omega-3 fats, with one of the best sources being krill oil?
I’ve been more and more fascinated by how essential omega-3s are for optimal health and particularly critical for brain health in people with ADHD traits. What’s most amazing AND hopeful is how great an impact they have in healing and restoring brain function after a traumatic brain injury.
This Practical Guide to Omega-3 Benefits and Supplementation by Dr. Mercola is chock full of details. I encourage you to read the entire article, and I’ve summarized a few of his key points below:
- Most of the health benefits of omega-3 fats are linked to the components eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are only found in animal-based omega-3 sources, such as fish and krill. Dr. Mercola strongly recommends krill oil supplements.
- Plant sources of omega-3 fats—such as flaxseed, chia, and hemp—only provide alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). There is some health benefit to plant-based omega-3s, but even if you consume large amounts, your body can only convert a relatively small amount to EPA and DHA.
- Omega-3 fats and their components have many health benefits, but here are some specific to brain health:
- EPA and DHA help keep dopamine levels in the brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal cortex, and increase cerebral circulation.
- DHA is linked to children’s ability to learn and score well on tests.
- Omega-3s aid in general brain function, including memory.
- Low levels of EPA and DHA in the elderly are linked to accelerated cognitive decline.
I look forward to sharing lots more information about nutrition for brain health in my upcoming e-book, ADHD BRAIN FOOD: Nutrition for Brain Optimization. This book will be available later this month.