Brain booster

5 October 2011

Brain Basics
Your brain is the hub of your nervous system. It is made up of 100 billion nerve cells - about the same as the number of trees in the Amazon rainforest.
Each brain cell is connected to around 10,000 others. The total number of connections in your brain is equivalent to the number of leaves in the rainforest - about 1000 trillion.
Scientists have attributed modern man’s superior brain development to the high omega-3 fatty acid diets of our ancestors.
Expert medical opinion claims brain deterioration can set-in as early as 18 years of age.

The Brain’s Building Blocks
• We’re often told that fats are bad for our health but one family of fats is vital to our well-being - Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). In particular, omega-3 and omega-6.
• Because our brains comprise approximately 60% fat, they need a good supply of this vital nutrient. That means EFAs are crucial for your co-ordination, your learning ability and your powers of concentration.
• Essential fatty acids can not be made by the body so must be provided by our diet instead.
• The richest dietary source of omega-3 – essential for normal brain and eye function - is oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon. Experts recommend 2 portions of fish per week.

Food For Thought
Eating a balanced diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, oily fish, dairy products and protein, and avoiding food with additives such as artificial colourings, flavourings and E numbers, will all have a positive effect on the chemicals in the brain and improve overall mental ability.

A specially designed supplement such as Efalex can help ensure consumption of essentials nutrients to help maintain healthy brain 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 function.   

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. For further information visit

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