Can Omega 3 actually improve the efficiency of the adult brain?


Dear A,

Very few controlled clinical trials have actually been performed in an attempt to improve brain function in adults as opposed to the potential management/treatment of problems such as ADHD or anxiety. Improvements in brain function have been observed in some infant trials where infant formula containing DHA had been compared directly to corresponding formula lacking DHA. In 1999, a workshop convened at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland involving experts in the field of omega-3 research recommended minimal daily intakes of 220 mg DHA/day for adults for overall human health (including brain functioning) and a total DHA/EPA intake of 650 mg daily.