Scientists Discover How Omega-3 Improves Memory
Rick Nauert, Psych Central news
Eating fish is said to be good for the brain and for memory. Researchers have associated those benefits with the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. However, while researchers have observed the beneficial effects associated with Omega-3’s, they have been unable to describe the precise physiological changes influenced by the compound.
Guess what! Now we know.
“What we discovered is that memory cells in the hippocampus could communicate better with each other and better relay messages when DHA levels in that region of the brain were higher. This could explain why memory improves on a high-DHA diet.”
So how do you get more Omega-3s?
This finding appears to support the theory that a diet high in Omega-3s and/or dietary supplementation with Omega-3s may protect memory. Supplementing your diet with DHA, such as increasing fish intake or taking supplements, could prevent declining DHA levels in the brain as we age, Sauve said.
Sounds like more fish for dinner. If you don’t have time for that supplements is a great way to go. Make sure you find a high quality one. If you can find one with other benefits too, even better.
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