The brain grows at the highest rate from birth to about 2 years of age, although development continues during childhood and adolescence. More than 60% of the brain is made up of fat, and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) makes up about 10-15% of that. DHA is essential for the development of sensory, perceptual, cognitive and motor nervous systems during rapid brain growth.

Omega 3 fatty acids and development

Omega-3s are fatty acids that are vital components of cell membranes. And because we can't make them ourselves, we have to supply our bodies with them. These fatty acids are important for various bodily functions, from cell growth to muscle activity and in adolescent boys for sperm development.

Parts of the brain rich in DHA are known to be responsible for activities such as planning, problem-solving, and focused attention. In particular, DHA intake is recognized as essential for normal brain function. It helps improve membrane fluidity, which means that nerve impulses or messages are transmitted more efficiently.

Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that keep the brain healthy. They are involved in the process of building new cells - the key to developing the central nervous and cardiovascular systems and helping the body absorb nutrients. Omega-3 fats are also important for eye function - sharp eyesight.

Omega 3 selection 

Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in the form of tablets, gel capsules or oils. When selecting the best Omega 3, we should consider whether it has the correct ratio of EPA and DHA. The ideal ratio is 1: 2 in favour of DHA. Next, we should consider whether the oil contains a minimum of additives (eg preservatives, flavours, sweeteners). As we know, the sea is no longer as clean as it used to be. On the contrary, it is polluted as a result of human activities (oil extraction, burning fossil fuels, etc.). Fish can then store toxins such as mercury, dioxins and PCBs, which can be harmful to our health. Therefore, choose fish oils that have been checked for all contaminants, ideally by an independent third party.

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