You arrived here searching for some information about omega3 supplement and might be wondering how you ended up at a counseling and/or brain fitness site.
Well, omega3 supplement has quite an impact on your brain and your mood, both of which are important counseling topics.
My resource for the most current and trustworthy information is the book Brainfit for Life by Simon Evans, Ph.D. and Paul Burghardt,Ph.D. who are neuroscientists at the University of Michigan.
They write, "Polyunsaturated fats include
the much talked about omega-3s, and you’ll find them in fish
and some nuts and vegetables. Since omega-3s are crucial for
overall brain health, we’ll dig deeper into them and all the
roles that they play in different aspects of brain fitness, in
the Neural Nugget #2, Fish Food, at the end of this chapter."
More from Evans and Burghardt, ..."Furthermore, when it comes to
the brain omega-3s play
another role. In fact, brain tissue has a higher concentration of
omega-3s than most other tissues in the body (along with eye
tissue and sperm). Omega-3s are very important components of
the cell membrane that we talked about above. Brain cells
connect and talk to each other, but they do so in a very ‘fluid’
way. They aren’t hard wired, like electrical wiring, but are
flexible, more like Jell-o. This flexibility is required in
order to make new connections and learn things.
Omega-3s contribute to the brain’s physical flexibility
and the less omega-3s in the brain cell membranes the more
rigid and stiff they become, decreasing their ability to
communicate efficiently. Also, research shows us that diets low
in omega-3s can alter the levels of specific signals in the brain
(dopamine and serotonin) that are involved in regulating
mood. In fact, studies show that omega-3s are lower in the
blood of people who attempted suicide and omega-3s are now
being studied as a potential antidepressant."
Where To Get Your Omega 3?
Well, we omega 3 fatty acid is an essential nutrient, which means we cannot manufacture it, so we have to eat it.
The best dietary source for the long chain fatty acid DHA so important to the brain is fish, ocean going fish, which presents another problem, mercury poisoning.
For me, I do not like to cook fish at home. The smell lingers, and for that reason I do not eat fish unless I have salmon or shark at a restaurant, which is infrequent.
So I am going to have to get this very important nutrient from a supplement, which brings another problem.
How am I sure that the supplement has the mercury refined out of it?
Well, the seller had better use the words "molecular distillation" on the label, which indicates that they have taken this extra refining step.
Do I care to make a recommendation? Absolutely.
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