Posts Tagged ‘brain devel;opment’

Oral fish oil restores striatal dopamine release after traumatic brain injury.

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Omega 3 Fish oil taken orally  restores striatal dopamine release after traumatic brain injury.

Brain Trauma Research Center, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh, 3434 Fifth Ave, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA.
Abstract
Omega-3 fatty acid administration can affect the release of neurotransmitters and reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, but its use in traumatic brain injury (TBI) has not been described extensively. We investigated the effect of 7 day oral fish oil treatment in the recovery of potassium evoked dopamine release after TBI. Sham rats and TBI rats were given either olive oil or fish oil orally and were subject to cerebral microdialysis. Olive oil treated TBI rats showed significant dopamine release deficit compared to sham rats, and this deficit was restored with oral fish oil treatment. There was no effect of fish oil treatment on extracellular levels of dopamine metabolites such as 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid and homovanillic acid. These results suggest the therapeutic potential of omega-3 fatty acids in restoring dopamine neurotransmission deficits after TBI.

Why Omega 3 is essential for our new Prime Minister

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Our new Prime Minister David Cameron is expecting a baby. Well his wife Samantha is, and having reduced her working hours from her role as creative director of stationery firm Smythson, in order to spend more time with her kids and prepare for giving birth, not to mention supporting her husband in his new job, she clearly cares deeply about the health and well being of herself and her unborn child. Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the key ingredients in the diet of mothers and babies before, during and after pregnancy. Doctors recommend a diet high in DHA Omega 3 for all mothers as their body is not only going through one of the biggest physical regimes one can go through, but because their body is the only conduit for nutrition for the baby as it prepares for pregnancy, matures in the womb for 9 months and while breast feeding after being born.

By Samantha Cameron choosing to include Omega 3 fatty acids in her diet, she would receive a number of important health benefits for both her and her child. Here are some of the benefits Samantha could get for herself by taking Omega 3 for the entire course of her pregnancy:

  • Reduced risk of miscarriages, pre-term labour and cesarean
  • Reduced chances of breast cancer
  • Protection from post partum depression
  • Protection from pre-eclampsia
  • Safer delivery

As well as ensuring that her body is prepared and protected while undergoing such a natural yet taxing ordeal. Taking Omega 3 capsules would provide great benefits to her baby at all stages of its early life. These include:

  • Better levels of immunity
  • Chance of a higher IQ
  • Improved memory earlier
  • Enhanced comprehension skills and concentration levels
  • Reduced risk of brain disorders developed in pregnancy such as Autism, Dyslexia etc.
  • Better hand eye coordination skills
  • Better nervous system development
  • Better eye sight
  • Proper brain development
  • Better eye development

As the new first lady on the block, Samantha can be a trend setter for new and expecting mothers around the globe. Having recently won a British Glamour Magazine Award for Best Accessory Designer, she has a platform as a style icon from which she could be a powerful advocate for this important health supplement, not to mention the fact that she now has the ear of one of the most important political figures in the world. Would you be more likely to take it knowing that Samantha does?

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