Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Brain Health

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There’s no doubt about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for those suffering from arthritis, but these nutrients found in the Green Lipped Mussels and New Zealand Olive Oil used here in GLX3 supplements also play a pivotal role in helping us maintain brain health as we age.

No one wants to feel their mental performance slipping at any age, but making sure we put the right vitamins and nutrients into our bodies to prevent this becomes even more important as the years go by.  What’s great is that even if you take GLX3 for osteoarthritis and joint pain, you’ll also reap the additional benefits for your brain.

In this post, we’ll cover the positive relationship between Omega-3 fatty acids and brain health, from boosting blood flow to reducing the risk of mental disorders.

Omega-3 can Increase Blood Flow to the Brain

Without an adequate supply of blood, our various limbs and organs can’t function, so it’s no surprise that our most complex organ requires a significant amount! In fact, your brain has top priority over other body parts for oxygen and nutrient rich blood in order to prevent brain cells from dying.

Luckily, studies suggest that there’s a correlation between higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acid levels-like those found in GLX3- and increased blood flow in the brain to areas used for cognitive functions like learning and memory.

Omega-3 can Improve Memory and Prevent Cognitive Decline

Now, what exactly do we mean by ‘progressive mental diseases’ and ‘cognitive decline’?

Well, as we age, changes can occur in the brain that result in a range of diseases.  These include everything from Mild Cognitive Impairment to more extreme types of dementia like Alzheimer’s, which affect our memory and our ability to learn and retain new information.

While scientists are still uncertain as to all the causes of diseases like Alzheimer’s, they have identified plaques-abnormal bunches of proteins-as a leading potential cause in cell death and brain tissue loss.

So, how might consuming Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent this?

Studies suggest that early-stage Alzheimer’s patients with higher levels of the Omega 3 DHA have less amounts of plaques and shrinkage compared to those with lower amounts.  It’s thought that this is because DHA, which is one of the main structural elements of the brain and can be found mainly where cells connect to one another, helps regulate the process of autophagy, or cell ‘self-eating’, to prevent the buildup of plaques.

A study on markers of accelerated brain aging determined that DHA is so important to brain health that lower levels of it “are associated with smaller brain volumes” and “cognitive impairment even in persons free of clinical dementia”!

Reduce Effects of Mental Health Disorders


We’ve covered the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for our brain as we move into the later stages of our lives, but make no mistake:

These are crucial nutrients for people of all ages!

That’s because they can help reduce the effects of specific mental health disorders while enhancing cognitive functioning and behavior.  Their ability to help maintain cell membrane elasticity allows for easier transmission of signals between neurons.

Remember when we mentioned the importance of Omega-3 DHA for preventing dementia?

Well, research suggests that adequate levels of DHA-and its companion, EPA-in the brain also help to optimize serotonin production and reception.  It does this by in part by reducing inflammation (by now, you know Green Lipped Mussels are pretty good at doing that!) which signal certain molecules that inhibit serotonin release.

And guess what characteristic disorders like Autism, depression, schizophrenia, and ADHD have in common?

Low brain serotonin.  

This deficiency is common, as Omega-3’s are essential nutrients, meaning the body can’t produce them on its own.  It’s especially frequent in countries like the United States, where the diet of the general population doesn’t include enough sources of the nutrients, like Green Lipped Mussels.

So, by taking a supplement like GLX3 that’s rich in Omega-3’s DHA and EPA, you could potentially prevent or reduce the symptoms of many of these mental disorders by optimizing your body’s serotonin production and use.

Final Word on Omega-3 Fatty Acids and their Benefits for Brain Health

While the Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients found in Green Lipped Mussels are known for providing relief to people suffering with arthritis and joint pain, it’s clear that the benefits extend to our most important organ as well:

The brain needs them to enhance cell growth, improve nerve-signal transmission, and promote the production and reception of neurotransmitters like serotonin.  More importantly, you need these processes to work right so you can fight off forgetfulness and focus without difficulty!

GLX3 only has three ingredients-so you know exactly what you’re putting into your body-and two out of the three are packed with Omega-3’s.

Your brain will thank you for saying yes to a Green Lipped Mussel supplement-it’s a no-brainer!

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At GLX3, our Green Lipped Mussels are never frozen or heated, keeping all enzymes and nutrients alive.

GLX3 is the closest thing to a raw whole food! The lipids are extracted at room temperature with minimal pressure in order to naturally preserve all the powerful natural polar long chain fatty acids in their most natural state. (This is like extra virgin oil).