Can fish oil supplements improve brain health?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many of us have witnessed the chilling effects of Alzheimer’s on family and friends. That’s why it’s vital to boost your brain function and protect your memory as early as possible with a fish oil supplement. Your brain’s tissue is composed of fat, mostly consisting of DHA or docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA helps improve the way your brain functions and increases new cell growth, which is crucial to prevent and fight the effects of memory loss. Fish oil supplements are packed with omega-3s, specifically, DHA. Taking 1,000 mg daily will keep your memory sharp and, more important, provide protection to your brain.

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