Friday, December 18, 2009

DHA Linked to Better Nervous System Function

(ScienceDaily Summary)

Feeling overwhelmed? Need a lift? Eat some fish! According to a new study, DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid, helps animals avoid sensory overload and aids in information processing in individuals with various afflictions of the nervous system, including ADHD.

The study, published in Behavioral Neuroscience adds even more proof that your mother was right when she told you that fish is brain food. The researchers found that two omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), appear to be most useful in the nervous system. The researchers think this might be thanks to their ability to maintain nerve-cell membranes.

These particular fatty acids are considered essential because we can not readily produce them on our own, they must be consumed in our diets. Foods such as fish, as well as supplements, provide our bodies with readily usable sources of essential fatty acids. EPA is already known for its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular effects, but DHA makes up more than 90 percent of the omega-3s in the brain (which has no EPA), retina and nervous system in general.

Find out more about what DHA and EPA can do for you by reading the article called "New Study Links DHA Type of Omega-3 to Better Nervous-System Function" from Science Daily (Dec. 16, 2009)