Brain Awareness Week

March 11th – 17th is ‘Brain Awareness Week’. It is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

A study published in the Journal ‘Nutrition’ supports the use of vitamins and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the elderly population to help combat brain aging. Dementia related diseases such as Alzheimer’s are prevalent worldwide but the focus is primarily on offering palliative treatment of symptoms for the patient. A more promising alternative in disease prevention is to maintain a healthy brain for as long as possible. This study investigates the optimal supply of nutrients necessary for maintaining normal functioning of the brain. One of these nutrients is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This omega-3 fatty acid is found in high levels in algae oil. The Norsan Omega 3 Vegan Oil contains 1176mg of DHA per dose. Ideally a CAM Provider can evaluate individual health requirements and devise a suitable personalised health plan so as to monitor and meet a person’s needs. This review concludes that the use of vitamin and DHA supplementation for the aging population is a viable alternative approach to delaying brain aging and for protecting against dementia.

Reference: M. Hasan Mohajeri Ph.D., Barbara Troesch Ph.D., Peter Weber M.D., Ph.D. ‘Inadequate supply of vitamins and DHA in the elderly: Implications for brain aging and Alzheimer-type dementia’, Nutrition 2015

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