Omega- 3 DHA for brainpower
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.
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