Omega-3 Mega Source!
Its well publicised that omega-3 is essential for brain health, but less well known is that Barramundi provides one of the highest concentrations for white fish and actually has similar levels as salmon.
Omega-3 can be bought as concentrated fish oil capsules, however a diet that incorporates 2-3 meals of fish containing high levels of this fatty acid per week, such as barramundi, can be effective at improving your concentration of omega-3.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the science of why omega-3 is so important, read on!
The human brain is made up of nearly 60 percent fat so it is no surprise that omega-3s are intimately linked to the health of this vital organ. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are the forms of omega-3 fats particularly important for maintenance of normal brain function in adults. These fats build cell membranes and promote new brain cell formation, however humans do not synthesise these molecules, so we must obtain them through our diet.
Omega-3 binds to cell membranes increasing fluidity, which is important for the functioning of each brain cell. The benefit of membrane fluidity is that it helps the brain change and adapt to new information. Additionally, these fatty acids in cell membranes aid the function of neurotransmitter receptors, which helps facilitate how information is communicated in the brain.
Studies have also shown that improving maternal omega-3 levels decreases the risk of poor infant and child visual and neural development.