DHA is a major structural fat found in all the tissues of the body but it’s particularly concentrated in the brain where it accounts for up to 97% of the total Omega 3 fats
The benefits of DHA Omega 3
More protein if we want bigger muscles, less sugar if we want to stay slim, fibre for great digestion. We’re all sold on the idea that food can shape the way our bodies look and feel. But what many of us forget is that the quality of the food we eat is also shaping our brain, from its structure to the way it functions, which in turn shapes our thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
The Omega 3 found mainly in oily fish is great brain food. It has been shown to keeps cells fluid and enables neurons to communicate with each other, something that’s essential for it to work effectively - no wonder the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved the health claim that Omega 3 maintains normal brain function.
Omega 3 is made up of two long-chain fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Both have their uses in the brain, but it’s the DHA component that’s considered most important.
Why we need more DHA in our diets
There’s been a drastic change in our diets over the last 100 years - a relatively short period in our 200,000 year history! Food processing and industrialised practices in agriculture have flooded the food supply with Omega 6, while another nutrient has quietly slipped away. Omega 3.
All your cells need Omega 6 and Omega 3, but in balanced amounts. Too many rigid, Omega 6s and too few fluid Omega 3s, aren’t great for our bodies.
We all know our bones need calcium to stay strong. But what’s less well known is that our brain relies on the DHA in Omega 3 to form a lot of its structural material, from cell membranes to neurons. In fact DHA is one of the basic building blocks of the entire nervous system.
The role of DHA Omega 3 in the brain is very well-studied and you can even see it in the animal kingdom. Dolphins have much bigger brains than zebras although they’re similar in body sizes because their diets are rich in DHA.
DHA Omega 3 for pregnancy
When you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, your body uses your own DHA to support the brain and eye development of your growing baby. The EFSA approve the health claim mums and mums-to-be take 200mg of DHA per day - that’s on top of the daily recommended amount of 250mg of combined EPA and DHA needed for general good health.
The role of DHA Omega 3 in the brain is very well-studied and you can even see it in the animal kingdom. Dolphins have much bigger brains than zebras although they’re similar in body sizes because their diets are rich in DHA...and DHA boosts brain growth!
What’s the best DHA Omega 3 supplement you can take?
Our bodies cannot produce DHA on their own, we can get it only from very specific parts of our diets, such as through oily fish. But eating the high amounts of fish we need to keep our brains healthy is not always an option, either because we don’t like the taste or we’re worried about toxins.
Taking a supplement such as Mindful gives you a cost effective dose of 560mg of DHA Omega 3, but without the chemicals, nasties or fishy taste. Or, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, one small capsule of Bump & Glory gives 560mg DHA and 40mg EPA.
Every batch is certified and awarded a 5-star purity and quality rating from International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS), the highest accolade you can receive and a guarantee of purity, freshness and strength.