Holidays are great time to relax both body and mind, but staying in top cognitive form is important all year round. While there are many exercises to boost mental performance, there some nutrients that are crucial in supporting brain function. This month we’ll be looking at Fish Oil, one of our absolute top sellers, which is an amazing aid for staying in top mental form.
How Omega 3 Benefits the Brain
Fish oil supplements are an effective and science-backed way of boosting your memory and brain power. They can also be beneficial to physical ailments such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease.
Fish oil primarily contains two types of omega-3 fatty acids — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are most well known for their heart health and skin benefits. However, fish oil, has also an incredible effect on the brain and is believed to impact memory and overall cognitive function – research has shown that about 40% of the fatty acids in brain cell membranes are DHA. In addition to that, those fatty acids affect fundamental brain processes – they reduce oxidative stress, increase blood flow to the brain, balance neurotransmitters’ levels or even help stimulate production of new neurons.
In other words, fish oil is packed full of nutrients that the brain needs. When the brain is starved of these nutrients, a person might become prone to fatigue, poor memory, mood swings or even depression. Conversely, with a regular supply of these nutrients to the brain, they are likely to boost the memory and overall mental performance.
To support the evidence of multiple research studies, the EU has approved label claims referring DHA contributing to the maintenance of normal brain function and maternal intake contributing to the normal brain development of the foetus and breastfed infants, providing the correct dosage information is displayed.
Other Supplements Supporting Cognitive Function
With an impressive amount of studies conducted on Omega 3 fatty acids, proving their efficiency and positive impact on the brain, there are many other nutrients that can support cognitive function.
Certainly many of the Vitamins from Group B, can be deemed as great brain boosters. Thiamine (B1) for example keeps the nervous system healthy and contributes to normal psychological function, assisting in nerve transmission, Panthotenic Acid (B5) regulates hormones production and contributes to normal mental performance, while Pyridoxine (B6) is needed by pregnant and breastfeeding women to help their babies’ brains develop normally.
In addition to that, many minerals also have brain boosting properties. All three – Iodine, Zinc and Iron – contribute to normal cognitive function.
Iodine regulates hormones production by the thyroid and it is essential for the normal development of the brain and nervous system especially during pregnancy and the first three years of life.
Zinc is crucial for neurotransmitters to work effectively, allowing the neurons to communicate and supporting brain in working efficiently.
Iron is not only responsible for ensuring correct blood flow to the brain but it’s one of the most important building blocks of neurons’ myelin.
As your brain ages, it is more difficult for important nerve cells to protect themselves against highly reactive, rogue compounds called free radicals. Left unchecked, free radicals damage cells (a process called oxidative stress), which contributes to age-related degenerative diseases, including mental decline.
Luckily, antioxidants, can help shield the body from the destruction of free radicals. The most popular antioxidants are vitamin C, beta-carotene, and selenium, however those that appear particularly promising when it comes to brain health: flavonoids and Vitamin E. Most Omega 3 Fish Oil products that we sell at HTC will have Vitamin E added to them as they greatly enhance the absorption of the beneficial nutrients in addition to being a well known as a free-radical fighter that prevents cell damage.
Buy Quality Supplements From Renowned Supplier
At HTC we offer a selection of supplements benefiting the brain and cognitive function, including a wide array of Fish Oil and Omega 3 supplements, which vary in their EPA/DHA content, as well as individual nutrients with supported health claims in that category. For more information on these products or for a free instant quote, contact our sales team now on +44 1923 652529 or email email@example.com.
*Claims for food supplements mentioned in this article are not meant for general public, but are purely for information of food supplement industry professionals. Please note that the claims are not authorised by European Food Safety Authority for use on labels or marketing materials.