Why omega 3 is So Important In the Brain
Omega - 3 fatty acids are very important to the brain because they provide the basic structural component of brain tissue membranes. The specific omega-3 fatty acid that is found abundantly in the brain tissues is abbreviated "DHA".
DHA is the omega-3 fatty acid which is found in cold water fish. It is also which is manufactured in the body from alpha-linoleic acid. This is the omega-3 fatty acid that is found in plant foods such as flax seed oil. DHA is the basic structural component of brain tissue membranes, as well as the retina of the eye. DHA in the brain cell membranes provides the fluid, elastic composition, and superior protein anchoring properties that brain cells need for optimum performance.
Optimum membrane structure and enzyme function is necessary in the brain because brain cell process are extremely rapid. Chemical messengers must be constantly synthesized, released and degraded at very rapid rates. Optimum membrane integrity is need for this. In a situation with less than optimum membrane integrity you could expect sub-optimum levels of the necessary brain chemicals such as seratonin. So, it is no surprise to find that this is actually the case. When low levels of DHA are observed in the developing bodies of children this has been associated with depression, memory loss, dementia and visual problems in later year and Attention and learning difficulties in younger years.
For information on how to get the omega-3's you need for better health (and happiness) visit the articles on "How to Get Omega 3 Oils in Your Diet", and " Tips on Supplementing Omega-3's Using Flax Seed Oil". Also, check out " Good Fats & Bad Fats: Understanding Different Oils and Fats".
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