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Norwegian Gold Critical DHA

Norwegian Gold Critical DHA for Brain Health & Healthy Mood:

  • Critically concentrated with DHA Omega 3 for brain cell supportǂ
  • Also with Omega 3 EPA to promote a healthy moodǂ
  • Highest IFOS 5-star industry excellence purity ranking
  • Enteric coated plus lipase for better digestion and 3x more absorption
  • Tasty natural orange flavor, no fishy burping

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Complete Body Health—Brain, Mood

New science is lending credence to the old adage that fish is brain food, and we now know that Omega 3 fish oils support brain health as well as a healthy mood.ǂ In fact, there are so many benefits from Omega 3s that more people are turning to fish oil supplements to help make up for the lack of wild, cold-water fish in the average American diet.

But exactly how do concentrated Omega 3 DHA/EPA supplements support your healthy brain?

DHA Omega 3 for Brain Health

There are two types of essential Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oils: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (docosahexaenoic acid).

  • DHA is an important building block of the human brain. Children need DHA to build healthy brain tissue and adults need it to maintain healthy brain tissue. 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain are made up of DHA (similarly, 60% in the retina of the eye). Half of each neuron’s plasma membrane, the fatty layer that insulates neurons, is made up of DHA. DHA is called “essential” precisely because it is essential in supporting brain cells against cognitive decline, promoting memory health, eye health, and long-term nervous system health.ǂ

Studies have shown that a lack of DHA in the brain and blood may contribute to learning deficit disorders such as ADD/ADHD and to brain degeneration conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.ǂ Researchers believe that DHA makes important brain neurotransmitters more available and supports healthy cell receptors to maintain active brain health.

DHA works by being integrated into cell membranes and supporting the electrical synapse impulses between nerves cells.

EPA Omega 3 for a Healthy Mood

As an essential fatty acid, EPA Omega-3 is best known for its role in promoting joint health, immune health, and cardiovascular health by reducing heart health risk markers such as high cholesterol and triglycerides, or a build-up of potentially harmful fats in the bloodstream.

EPA works by supporting a healthy inflammatory response in the brain, rather than contributing to cell structure as DHA does. EPA has also been shown to help support a healthy mood, particularly in those reporting signs of depression. It’s not clear how exactly EPA Omega 3 impacts depression, but we do know that countries with a high rate of cold-water fish consumption show lower rates of depression and mood disorders.

Did you know? About 80% of Americans are not consuming enough Omega 3 DHA/EPA. Primary dietary Omega 3 sources include flax, chia, and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and cold-water fish.

Fish in Your Diet
A serving of salmon usually contains about the same or less Omega 3 than a concentrated brain health fish oil supplement. Nutritionists often recommend a fish oil supplement to help achieve higher levels of DHA and EPA Omega 3 in the diet without the possibility of higher levels of heavy metals, PCBs, and other contaminants found in fish.

If you are going to eat fish make sure it is of the cold-water variety (salmon, herring, sardines, anchovies, tuna, mackerel) and that it is wild. Wild-caught fish is believed to be a better source of Omega 3 because farmed fish have to be supplemented with Omega 3 in their diet, whereas wild-caught fish accumulate this nutrient naturally.

Choosing a Fish Oil Supplement for Brain Health and Mood

There are a few important points to keep in mind when shopping for an effective brain health fish oil supplement:

  • Concentration matters. Many fish oil supplements contain added saturated and monounsaturated filler oils to make up for the lack of pure DHA and EPA Omega 3 in their softgels. Norwegian Gold Critical DHA contains 80% total omegas in each softgel and a particularly high concentration of DHA at 480mg (higher than most fish oils).
  • Purity matters. Fish has come under scrutiny in recent years for its high levels of mercury, PCBs, and other heavy metals/contaminants. A fish oil with the industry’s highest 5-star International Fish Oils Standards (IFOS) purity rating ensures you are consuming oils that have been carefully treated for these contaminants.
  • Digestion matters. Even the purest fish oil cannot be properly used by the brain and body if it is not digested and absorbed well. Norwegian Gold Critical DHA contains added lipase, a fat-splitting enzyme, to aid fish oil digestion. Our fish oils are also delivered in enteric coated softgels to help oils reach the small intestine where they are best absorbed.