According to Consumerlab, a study of healthy adults whose diets were low in Omega-3 fatty acids who were given a DHA-rich fish oil supplement daily improved their memory performance, compared to those who received a placebo. And women reported higher improvements than men. Experts say women may be more responsive to omega-3 fatty acid intake due to the demands on their bodies when conceiving a child. I always advise to first visit the kitchen for foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and tuna. But it can be tough to get the right amount only through your diet, so you can up your daily quota with a supplement. Likewise, be mindful that ALA is a type of omega-3 fatty acid, but not as potent as DHA and EPA. ALA is found mainly in flaxseeds, hempseeds, and some nuts. But the body has to convert ALA to DHA and EPA, and research has shown the conversions can be as low as 5%. Bottom line? Stick with DHA and EPA sources.
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