Omega 3 Needed for Brain Formation

February 2, 2011 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Omega 3 Needed for Brain Formation
Omega 3 fatty acids, such as DHA, in the diets of pregnant mothers1 has been associated with neurologic function and mood in the offspring. Researchers have now pinpointed in an animal study how omega 3 fatty acids at this critical time of development help plasticity form correctly in key areas of the brain affecting reward, motivation, emotional regulation, and general nerve transmission.

Optimal nutrition during key phases of development in the womb and in early years of life, have a profound affect on the nervous system and how it is set up to function later in life. This directly influences one’s ability to cope with life, manage stress, and stay optimistic. A mother lacking in DHA is giving her child poor settings of the genetic deck (epigenetics).

The ability to maintain brain plasticity is instrumental for memory, mood, learning, intelligence, motivation, and anything positive relating to brain function and ability. This animal experiment proves the precise ways that lack of omega 3 essential fatty acids significantly impact how vital brain networks form. It would be nice to give everyone an equal chance at brain function by ensuring pregnant mothers are adequate in omega 3 essential fatty acids – especially DHA. It appears the future intelligence of our society may depend on it.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Omega 3 Fatty Acids are Vital to Nerve Development  Nature Neuroscience,  1.Mathieu Lafourcade, Thomas Larrieu, Susana Mato, Anais Duffaud, Marja Sepers, Isabelle Matias, Veronique De Smedt-Peyrusse, Virginie F Labrousse, Lionel Bretillon, Carlos Matute, Rafael Rodríguez-Puertas, Sophie Layé, Olivier J Manzoni

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