Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Benefits of Omega-3

When it comes to boosting brain function, the Omega-3 family of essential fatty acids clearly emerge as a must-have brain health nutrient. According to a Purdue University study, children deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids are more likely to display ADHD symptoms like impulsiveness, lack of concentration, behavioral problems and excessive physical activity. One specific Omega-3 fatty acid, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), shows itself to be the darling of Omega-3s when it comes to nourishing the brain and stabalizing behavior. The Purdue study found that DHA plays a role in managing behavior and mood and can help children be more productive in school. Other studies confirm that DHA plays an important role in brain development and reducing cognitive decline.

Fish oil and wild salmon excellent source of DHA but good luck getting those down a picky eater's throat. Omega-3 enriched eggs are a good dietary option. Attend also contains DHA, along with every other Omega-3 in the fatty acid family.

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