You might have heard that omega-3 is ‘essential’ for your body, but you might not have known why. Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential supplement because the body can’t produce them on their own, so you need that support from external sources. But, did you know omega-3 fatty acids are essential for supporting your mind, as well as your body? Here are 4 reasons why!
Omega-3s support healthy brain cell structure
As we learned, omega-3’s are an essential building block for a child’s developing brain. But, continuing to take omega-3’s into adulthood will help your brain cell membranes stay healthy and flexible. The polyunsaturated fatty acids in omega-3’s are made up of Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EHA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), both of which are present in cell membranes but which have different strengths. EPA helps regulate cell inflammation, while DHA helps maintain nerve cell structure and function. DHA is also key in facilitating the formation of healthy synapses. With 100 billion cells in the brain, supporting your brain cells with omega-3’s is kind of ...a no-brainer.
Omega-3’s help support brain fluidity
Those polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially DHA, also provide fluidity within the brain cell structure to allow for the smooth flow of proteins within the brain; proteins carrying enzymes, neurotransmitters, and hormones that transfer signals and complete tasks within the brain. They also help regulate the flow of the neurotransmitters directly associated with fluctuations in mood, which is why the positive effects of omega-3’s on depression are being studied.
Omega-3’s help support focus
As the omega-3 fatty acids help maintain the smooth passage of neurotransmitters, they also increase and facilitate proper communication between the nerve cells, helping increase mental clarity and focus. Omega-3’s also help increase the levels of norepinephrine, a chemical which works as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system to increase your alertness and ability to concentrate.
Omega-3’s help lift your mood
Omega-3’s play a key role in the production of our ‘happy chemicals’, the neurotransmitters responsible for our moods. You might have heard of ‘dopamine’ — known colloquially as the ‘happy hormone’, dopamine is a neurotransmitter that’s associated with our ‘reward response’. Omega-3’s also help create serotonin, another important neurotransmitter which is associated with our feelings of well-being.
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