Brain Health

The brain prefers omega-3s in phospholipid form.

The brain is the control center of the human body. It continues to change and grow as we age. Omega-3s are crucial to brain development, as well as health and maintenance throughout the lifecycle.

Only adipose tissue contains more fatty acids than the body’s central nervous system, including the brain. The omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is the most common fatty acid in the human brain, constitutes 15% of all brain fatty acids. Phospholipid omega-3s play key roles in the proper structure and function of brain cell membranes and cell signaling. Conversely, an omega-3 deficiency in brain tissue may affect brain functioning and delay development.

Omega-3s & Brain Development

  • DHA is a crucial brain fatty acid
  • supports brain health & structure

Omega-3s are primarily obtained from diet. Particularly before birth and during early childhood—periods of rapid brain growth and development—the limited intra-cellular synthesis of omega-3s in the brain has been shown to be inadequate for sustaining brain health. Throughout life, the amount of omega-3s found in the brain is influenced by dietary intake of fatty acids and by the brain’s developmental stage.

Cognitive Function Support

  • Superba™ helps increase omega-3 intake
  • the brain prefers phospholipid omega-3s
  • supports cognitive function

Passage of fatty acids into the brain is restricted—only omega-3s and other essential fatty acids cross the blood-brain barrier. While human breast milk contains relatively small amounts of omega-3s, most is in phospholipid form. Omega-3s bound to phospholipids have been shown to be preferentially transported to brain tissue compared with omega-3s delivered as triglycerides. The proposed mechanism is the presence of carriers that preferentially bind to and carry omega-3s into the brain; thus, phospholipids have been suggested as a superior source of omega-3s for brain tissue.

Importance of Omega-3s at Every Age

  • important for babies
  • promotes focus & learning in children
  • aids age-related memory performance

Omega-3 intake is reported to be valuable in maintaining memory and cognitive functions. In fact, sufficiently high intake of omega-3s has been linked with maintaining and enhancing cognitive function among the elderly. Therefore, adequate consumption of omega-3s is recommended to maintain memory performance and reduce the risk of developing mild memory problems associated with aging.

The developing brain undergoes particularly rapid growth during the third trimester of fetal life and the first two years of childhood. Insufficiency of certain nutrients can disrupt the complex process of brain development. Omega-3s are crucial for optimal growth and development of the human brain, and an adequate supply is needed from early fetal life. In fact, an association between infants’ omega-3 status and developmental outcome has been observed.

Not only are omega-3s important for fetal brain development, but research indicates it continues to influence brain function throughout childhood and into adulthood. Low levels of omega-3s in blood and an altered pattern of omega-3s in the brain are observed in children and adolescents who sometimes have trouble concentrating. Some research suggests omega-3 supplementation helps children focus, while positively impacting their behavior and learning.