Omega 3 Oil and Brain Function

September 7th, 2011 by

     School has begun!  The ringing of bells, the commotion of children, and the sharpening of pencils herald the start of another year of potential brain development all over this country.

     The brain is an amazing organ.  It controls all our movements, our sleeping, eating, body function, memories, and emotions.  It forms synapses, or connections, where learning occurs.  It is at these synapses that the supplementation of Omega 3 Fatty Acids can play a critical part in brain development and restoration.  Omega 3, in the form of DHA and EPA, can actually reverse brain damage.  In light of the beginning of another school sports schedule, I’d like to highlight the role of DHA and EPA as a substantial tool for restoring nervous system function after injury.

     Sports are fun!  They can also be a little dangerous.  Especially at risk for injuries are adolescent children who are still growing.  Their muscles, skeletal system, and nervous system are particularly vulnerable to permanent damage due to repetitive injury.  Traumatic brain injuries that occur in adolescence can lead to increased risk of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and MS later in life.

     Medical doctors use NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to treat the pain and inflammation associated with injuries.  However, NSAIDS, such as Vioxx, Celebrex, naproxen sodium, and even aspirin, have side effects such as increased risk for ulcers and heart disease.  Dr. Joseph C. Maroon, a neuro-surgeon who worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has found that by adding 2-3 grams of EPA/DHA daily, he has been able to cut the use of NSAIDs in his practice due to the anti-inflammatory nature of Omega 3’s! 

     In addition to reducing the lasting effects of trauma, Omega 3’s help increase IQ, reduce symptoms of neurological disease, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, and help individuals with depression.  Natural Alternatives uses quality Omega 3 oils that are free from contaminants including mercury and lead.  Feel free to contact our office for more information on Omega 3’s and have an injury-free school year!

     For Health,

     Summer Joy

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