How does Omega 3 benefit our children’s brains?
Thursday 25th May 2023
How does Omega 3 benefit our children’s brains? We all have heard of Omega 3 but how exactly does it benefit our children, especially their brain? We take a look at how from the early stages of pregnancy throughout childhood.
Our bodies require essential fatty acids to function optimally. Among these fatty acids, DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is especially important during pregnancy and infancy as it has been linked to numerous health benefits. Studies have shown that our brains are 60% fat, of which 20% should be Omega 3 fatty acids such as DHA. Therefore, it is important for pregnant women and infants to get sufficient amounts of DHA in their diet in order to ensure the best possible growth and development.
There is no way about it, Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for the development of a healthy brain. It is especially important for the formation of synapses between neurons, which is known as synaptogenesis. Research has shown that babies with Omega 3/DHA deficient diets have a higher risk of developing cognitive and learning impairments later in life. DHA, in particular, plays a critical role in this process.
Omega 3 fatty acids, specifically DHA, have been shown to have a positive effect on brain volume. Studies have found that people who consume higher levels of Omega 3 in their diets have increased grey matter in certain areas of the brain. This is important for cognitive function and overall health.
So how do we make sure our children and ourselves are getting enough Omega 3? The best way to achieve this is either from supplements such as AvaCare Child Multi-Vitamins with Omega 3 (which our children LOVE) or from your diet. Foods such as fish, nuts and seeds are rich in Omega 3.
Omega 3 continues to benefit your health throughout adulthood, helping to keep your heart, lungs, blood vessels and your immune system working the way they should be.