Omega-3 fatty acids have received a lot of coverage in the press, and for good reason; research confirms increasing Omega-3 intake supports broad positive health outcomes. For example, Omega-3s have demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties, reduction in joint pain, decreased risk for cardiovascular disease, and they can even assist with a number of skin disorders. However, the influence Omega-3s can have on supporting brain and eye health in are likely even more critical to most active adults.
There are three different types of Omega-3 fatty acids including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Of the three, only EPA and DHA have demonstrated through research to support cognitive and visual structure. This shouldn’t be surprising because EPA is a proven anti-inflammatory and DHA is a primary building block for a large portion of these structures.
Omega-3s may positively influence the brain in several ways. Studies have found that people who consume Omega-3s regularly are less likely to be depressed, and those who already exhibit depression and anxiety have experienced improvements in symptoms. Emerging evidence also suggests that supplementation of EPA and DHA may decrease aggression in the general population.
A decline in brain and eye function is a normal part of the aging process. However, there is mounting evidence suggesting that higher Omega-3 intake is associated with a decreased risk of age related cognitive decline, and greater preservation of brain volume. Furthermore, high Omega-3 levels may preserve eye health and are significantly correlated with lower risk of age related macular degeneration, which is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults.
Considering conception? Maternal intake of Omega-3s is just as crucial for cognitive and neural support of the child as it is for the mother. Research shows that getting enough Omega-3s during pregnancy can lead to higher intelligence, and decreased risk for developmental delays, ADHD, autism, and cerebral palsy in children.
The fact is that the human body doesn’t produce any Omega-3s on its own, so it is essential to get DHA and EPA from food. This can be challenging in the typical American diet, and most U.S. adults are not meeting their recommended needs. Supplementation can be used to ensure sufficient amounts of Omega-3s are attained daily.
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It's never too late, start supplementing your diet with Omega-3s to support your brain and eye health today.
Stacy Cappadona MS, RD, CSCS received her BS in Exercise Science and MS in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from Florida State University. She has worked with athletes of all ages, active duty military personnel, and is now serving the communities in Southern Oregon at an all inclusive Wellness Club.