Boost Your Brain Health with Omega-3

How much do you think about your brain and keeping it healthy?  Depression, stress and anxiety are rife as we frantically try to keep up with all the expectations of life today, and at significant cost to the health of our brains.

Widespread stress has a corrosive effect on mental wellbeing and even physical health.

We all feel frazzled, whether by advertising, an excess of emails, or things we can do little about like Brexit or Trump.  But how many of us eat healthily, exercise well and practice mindfulness regularly?

We're not even good at switching off.  Recent research carried out by Equazen reveals that we are struggling with epidemic levels of stress, with almost half (42%) of those surveyed saying they never switch off.

The research revealed that our most common ways to unwind are things like watching TV, listening to music and reading a book or magazine, activities which don’t actually give our brain any down-time.

Boosting brain health is a huge challenge, but a large and growing body of research shows that there are effective and simple ways to boost mental health, in particular supplementation with Omega-3 fatty acid DHA.  Omega-3 EPA supplements can significantly ease symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD.

Professor Philip Calder, Head of Nutrition at Southampton University, describes DHA as providing the 'building blocks of the brain, nervous system and eyes'.  It makes up around 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain and 60% in the retina.  While another important Omega-3, EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) plays a key role in signalling between brain cells, has anti-inflammatory qualities and offers neuro-protective activity.

Knowing how good for us Omega-3 is, why are we not getting enough?

The Mental Health Foundation recently warned:

"One of the most obvious yet under-recognised factors in the development of mental health is nutrition. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that nutrition may play an important role in the prevention, development and management of diagnosed mental health problems including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and dementia."

Their report highlights the importance of Omega-3, often lacking in our diet, and its link to a wide range of issues including depression, poor concentration and memory problems.  There is however a significant Omega-3 dietary gap at all ages, along with an excess of sugar and unhealthy fats.

Recent research found that 46% of adults are aware of Omega-3 but don’t know its functions, while more than 60% didn’t know that Omega-3s can help with brain function and learning or the recommended doses.

There is so much we can all do to support brain development and function, including regular exercise, a healthy balanced diet high in fruit and vegetables, specific B-vitamins and clinically proven balanced formulations of Omega-3 fatty acids like Equazen.

Recent trials have found that Equazen lifted children's reading scores, particularly in comprehension; and confirmed that Equazen is almost as effective as Ritalin in children with ADHD, but with none of the side effects.  Read more in the infographic below:

The Equazen Range

After many years of research and investment, Equazen's range offers unique evidence-based formulation which sets it apart from other omega products.  The Equazen range of clinically proven brain health supplements use evidence-based formulas with specific blends of Omega-3 and Omega-6 tailored to meet people's needs at different life stages.

Equazen Mumomega is specially designed for the demands of pregnancy and delivers a unique formulation of the Omega-3s DHA, EPA and AA, as well as the anti-inflammatory omega-6 GLA.

Equazen Baby provides a balanced blend of Omega-3 and Omega-6 for babies from six months to three years of age.  Available as capsules, simply twist the top off and add the contents to any food or drink.

Equazen Liquid is a citrus-flavoured supplement ideal for children who don’t like swallowing pills and capsules while Equazen Chews deliver Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils in a delicious strawberry flavoured chew free from additives such as aspartame, saccharine or hydrogenated oils.

Equazen Capsules are available in pots of 60 and can be taken at higher doses for 12 weeks to restore body levels of essential fatty acids.

All are available online from the Equazen shop and from Boots and Holland & Barrett.

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