SupplySide West Podcast 38: Brain Health and Omega-3s

Not only are omega-3s such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) integral to the neuron cell membrane, they may also prove beneficial in traumatic brain injury.

Statistics show there’s nearly a 20 percent chance that an individual—or someone close to them—will suffer a concussion this year. Whether a car accident or fall off a bike, more than 30 percent of such concussions will lead to long-term, potentially permanent disability. Even worse, many of these concussions are mild and go unnoticed and untreated.

The long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have been tied to cognitive health benefits. Years ago, it dawned on Michael Lewis, M.D., MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN—founder of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute and author of “When Brains Collide”—that high doses of omega-3s might aid in traumatic brain injury.

In this podcast, Dr. Lewis and Karen Butler, content marketing manager, discuss:

• The reasons Lewis began considering the expanded potential of omega-3 supplementation

• Lewis’ thoughts on omega-3 consumption protocols, both for general well-being and in the case of brain injury

• Success stories tied to high-dose omega-3 consumption in traumatic brain injury patients

Dr. Lewis will be speaking at the “Next-Gen Ingredients for Brain Health” Panel Discussion, Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at SupplySide West. Visit supplysideshow.com for more information and to get registered.

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