Omega-3 is an Essential Fatty Acid and it’s essential because the body can’t make it, so it needs to be consumed in our diet. Normally the drug industry and the supplement industry are like oil and water, but the research behind the benefits of Omega-3 is so overwhelming, they actually made an Omega-3 drug called Lovaza! Sales from that drug are over a Billion dollars a year... yep, I said the “B” word.
This email will be a little different. Since Omega-3 fats have so many benefits, I’ll touch on what they do, and then just give you a big list of benefits with a load of resources.
Omega-3 fats are found in the cell membranes (housing) of every cell in your body. Deficiencies will result in the cells becoming less flexible (compromising cell functioning and overall health) and less permeable (impacting release of waste products).
Here are the big three... Ready?... INFLAMMATION, INFLAMMATION, INFLAMMATION... ok, I guess that’s just one. Don’t get me...
Yes, you’re a fat head... and that’s a great thing, because 60% of our brains are made of fat. We can all agree that Omega-3’s are amazing, but since we’re focusing on the brain in this series, then we'll just talk about DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). DHA accounts for about 30% of the structural fats in your gray matter and 97% of the total omega-3’s in the brain.
Studies on DHA have exploded and it’s been found to be good for us from 9 months before the cradle, and all the way to the grave. I’m not joking, DHA is critical for the developing brain of a fetus through infancy. There have have been very positive studies done on children, young adults, middle aged, and the elderly... did I leave anyone out? It’s also been shown that people suffering from conditions like Alzheimer's, ADHD, and Depression generally have very low levels of DHA.
It’s important to note the studies that looked at Alzheimers have mixed results, but a study that tested age related cognitive decline was very positive... suggesting maybe we should pay attention to this sooner than...