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Are You Really Feeding Your Brain?

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that is critical for our health, especially brain. It has been shown that 900 mg of daily Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation is beneficial for supporting cognitive health with aging.

 

Because our body can’t synthesize this nutrient, we need to make sure we consume it through food or supplement. There has been some confusion on Omega-3, so let me break it down for you.

Omega-3 comes in 3 flavors:

 

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – for brain health

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – for reducing inflammation

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – plant source Omega-3, such as flaxseeds and chia seeds

 

Our body unfortunately can’t use ALA, and it needs to be converted to DHA first. Because this conversion is extremely inefficient (somewhere between 0 to 10%), I would not recommend plant-source Omega-3.

 

So what do I take? I recently switched to Calamari Omega-3 to increase my DHA intake. It comes in citrus-flavor liquid, making it ideal for kids and seniors who can’t swallow well. If you want to try it, please come by the office. The following Omega-3 supplements are always 20% off in my clinic.

 

Calamari Omega-3  (1 teaspoon): DHA 800 mg, EPA 400 mg

Tuna Omega-3 (2 Perles): DHA 300 mg, EPA 60 mg

Cod Liver Oil (3 Perles): DHA 300 mg, EPA 210 mg

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