A new study has answered the question of how DHA helps improve memory. The answer? By helping brain cells communicate with each other.
Specifically, memory cells in a region of the brain called the hippocampus communicate and relay messages more easily with higher levels of DHA levels in this region of the brain.
DHA, often referred to as “brain food” because of its beneficial effect on the brain and memory, is a form of omega-3 fatty acids. Most of us have heard that omega-3s are the “healthy fats” and it’s true. DHA in particular is necessary for proper brain growth, development, and functioning. It may also benefit:
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, meaning that it is essential that we obtain them from outside sources, as our bodies need them but can’t synthesize or create them. DHA can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and herring. However, if your diet doesn’t contain enough fish, you may be missing out.
Health food stores carry high quality fish-based DHA supplements, as well as vegan-friendly algae-based DHA supplements. However, keep in mind that DHA supplements, like most supplements, can interact with certain medications and may not be right for everyone. Similarly, higher doses are not always better, so consult your health care practitioner for advice.