Omega-3 and your mental health

3 August 2011

With extensive research supporting the consumption of omega-3s – derived from oily fish and not from plant sources - for optimum brain health, it’s important to ensure our body is getting the right amount of these essential fatty acids, because they cannot be produced by the body.

Current nutritional advice from the UK Department of Health recommends we eat two portions of fish per week, one of which should be oily, although research suggests that it is unlikely that many of the population are meeting this requirement. 

If, like 70% of the UK population , you or your children don’t eat the recommended government intake of fish then a supplement like Efalex could be the answer. Efalex helps to maintain healthy brain development, concentration and eye function.  Efalex contains a mixture of DHA, EPA, AA and GLA from fish oil and evening primrose oil.  They are the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids required for normal brain structure and formation.

It provides the nutrients that people suffering from attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and dyspraxia find difficult to produce in their bodies. 

Available in easy to swallow capsules priced from £6.99 and natural lemon and lime flavour liquid priced from £7.49. Efalex is available from Boots, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, independent health food stores and pharmacies. 

Top Tips to Improve Mental Health

As we get older we can tend to forget to drink water but keeping hydrated is very important. Studies have shown that even being slightly dehydrated can interfere with concentration. Try to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day and remember that diluted fruit juices and tea all count

Make sure you set yourself a mental challenge every day – whether that’s a good crossword, a quiz game with your family, a Sudoku on your commute or even just taking half an hour out of each day to read an interesting book,  all these past-times will keep your brain active and stimulated

In order to function properly the brain relies on oxygen that is carried in the blood , so it is important to keep a good supply of oxygen circulating around your body. Regular walks in the fresh air and light outdoor exercise will all help boost your oxygen supply 

Eat a balanced diet rich in essential ‘brain food’ nutrients, such as salmon, sardines and trout for omega-3, carrots, milk and mango for Vitamin A and poultry, whole grains and beans for Zinc. Foods rich in Vitamins C, E and B, and Iron and Magnesium are also good for your brain.

 

References:

Onepoll survey, 2007  http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Fainting/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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