Omega- 3 DHA for brain­power

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRIGHT KIDS -

IT is ev­ery par­ents’ dream for their child to reach his or her max­i­mum in­tel­lec­tual po­ten­tial. Re­search shows that tak­ing an ad­e­quate amount of omega- 3 DHA ( do­cosa­hex­aenoic acid) is es­sen­tial for the full de­vel­op­ment of the brain.

DHA is an omega- 3 fatty acid that is es­sen­tial for nor­mal brain func­tion be­cause the brain is made up of ap­prox­i­mately 60% fat, of which DHA is one of the most im­por­tant com­po­nents.

The brain needs DHA to en­sure the healthy growth of the nerves, which in turn en­sures that elec­tri­cal im­pulses move quickly through­out the brain so that it can process in­for­ma­tion faster.

There­fore, the key to op­ti­mal cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties lies in hav­ing suf­fi­cient DHA in a child’s diet. Without it, the de­vel­op­ment of these nerves will be af­fected.

In a nut­shell, the more well de­vel­oped the nerves are in our brain, the faster we are able to process in­for­ma­tion, which trans­lates to a higher IQ ( in­tel­li­gence quo­tient) level and bet­ter re­flexes.

Sev­eral stud­ies show that omega- 3 DHA can help sup­port healthy brain func­tions. A Bri­tish study con­ducted by Dr Alexan­dra Richard­son found that 40% of the chil­dren who were given omega- 3 DHA daily showed dra­matic im­prove­ment in their stud­ies and be­hav­iour.

The hu­man body does not ad­e­quately syn­the­sise DHA. There­fore, it has to be de­rived from food. DHA is mainly found in an­i­mal prod­ucts such as fish, eggs and meat.

Oily fish such as mack­erel, tuna, her­ring, salmon and trout are the rich­est di­etary sources of DHA. DHA is found at high lev­els in a lim­ited num­ber of foods and the stan­dard in­take by chil­dren world­wide is sur­pris­ingly low.

There are many kid’s omega- 3 fish oil sup­ple­ments avail­able in phar­ma­cies and it is im­por­tant to choose a good one to ob­tain max­i­mum ben­e­fits.

These sup­ple­ments should ideally con­tain a min­i­mum of 133mg of omega- 3 DHA as adults’ fish oil, which has higher omega- 3 EPA, is not suitable for chil­dren.

The sup­ple­ments should taste good. The best source of DHA is from fish and most kids dis­like the fishy taste. An Aus­tralian man­u­fac­turer has suc­cess­fully masked the fishy taste with a patented for­est berry taste.

The omega- 3 fish oil should in­clude flex­i­ble ways to take the sup­ple­ment. It should also be safe, free from mer­cury and heavy me­tals.

This ed­u­ca­tional ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Na­ture’s Way.

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