Help improve your memory and learning

8 November 2011

A recent study showed a significant improvement with intervention in measures of memory and learning, and indicates a direct correlation between these improvements and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) consumption. 

DHA is found mainly in oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines and anchovies, but also in eggs, meat, milk and cheese. DHA constitutes the building blocks of the brain, it also promotes cell turnover, supports healthy development of blood cells and vessels, protects cells including brain or neuronal cells and is essential for visual development .

It plays an essential role in optimal brain and central nervous system development and function, and is also 100% bioavailable, meaning it is directly absorbed by the body and utilised by the body.Those who participated in the Memory Improvement withDocosahexaenoic Acid Study (MIDAS)  were given 900mg per day of DHA or a placebo for six months. Before and after supplementation they took a number of tests measuring their visual memory and ability to learn new information. The results showed those who took DHA had almost double the results in the tests than those who took the placebo – the equivalent to having the memory and learning skills of a person three years younger. An added benefit of the DHA supplementation was a lower heart rate.

Efamol’s Efalex Active 50+ was the first fish oil supplement specifically designed for the over 50’s.

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