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by Steve Bruner

A high intake of Omega 3 DHA and EPA could help brain related aging, according to new research out of UCLA.

This new data published in Neurology - suggest a diet lacking in Omega 3 fatty acids could cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities.   The research was led by a group of scientist at UCLA, USA, revealed that middle-age and elderly adults who regularly consume diets or good Omega 3 supplements could slow mental decline, that often leads to dementia.  Those adults with the highest blood levels of DHA and EPA were more likely to perform well on test that measured mental functioning.   The bottom line was adults with adequate omega 3 levels in their blood stream experienced less age-related brain shrinkage.  

Dr. Zaldy  Tan of UCLA said "people with lower blood levels of Omega 3 acids had lower brain volumes that were equivalent to about two years of structural brain aging."

In this new study over 1,500 dementia free participants with an average age of 67 underwent extensive MRI brain scans.  The group were also tested to measure their mental function, body mass, and omega-3 fatty acid levels in their red blood cells. 

The study found people with DHA levels in the lowest 25% had lower  brain volume compared to people who had higher DHA levels.  They concluded that brain volume directly influences mental capacity and associated this with lower Omega-3 fatty acid uptake.   Dr. Tan suggest that DHA from Omega 3 fatty acids play a pivotal role in promoting general health of blood vessels in the brain in much the same way Omega 3 fatty acids have been proven to promote healthy heart health.  

Last year, Dr Rob Winwood of DSM Martek Biosciences concluded that 15% of the brain consisted of DHA - and the older you get you start to lose DHA from the brain.   It makes a lot of sense you would want to replace it.   

Natural Biology has studied the Omega 3 fatty acid problem for many years.  Our primary concern is what is a good Omega 3?  To be frank, it mystified us for years.  We worried about chemically altered fish oils or fish oils with toxins.  Furthermore,  we worried about the source.   The first question we asked was  "where does your fish oil come from."  The next question is "is it any good."  Finally, according the Natural Biology standard we asked "what is the best Omega 3 fish oil solution that contains adequate levels of DHA with EPA that are bio-available, safe, and research proven."   

Natural Biology started down a path that we believe led us back in 2009 and in 2011 to the best two alternatives available on the planet for Omega 3 fatty acids.   

Where Does Your Omega 3 Fish Oil Come From

  • Norwegian Omega 3 - This fish oil is a single-source fish oil derived from the Manhaden which has a high content of DHA, EPA, and DPA.  DPA is the bridge between DHA and EPA and other than seals, no other marine creature offers DPA.  Why is this important?  DPA increases the uptake of DHA and EPA - which is why you take Omega 3 fish oil supplements.  It is pure, safe, and research proven.  It is also freshly processed, USA lab tested, and available at a competitive price.  It far exceeds more expensive fish oils that are chemically altered to change the specifications and lack efficacy.  Norwegian Omega 3 (trademark: OmegaActiv) is the best fish oil on the market in my professional opinion.  
  • Warning:  Avoid fish oils at places like Costco, grocery stores, etc.  which are high in fat and low in the essential ingredients like DHA.     The fat to DHA content is unreasonable for effective supplementation.
  • Arctic Ocean Krill Oil - High quality krill oil is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids.   I like the combination of taking Arctic Ocean Krill Oil with Norwegian Omega 3 - the combination does miracles.   Take 1000mg of Arctic Ocean Krill Oil daily - or take 500mg with Norwegian Omega 3.    
  • Warning:  Do not purchase TV advertised krill oil.  It is diluted and they recommend 1 300mg per day.  It may be safe but is overpriced for what you get and you need 1000mg of pure undiluted Krill Oil to be effective at a minimum.