EPA but not DHA results in improved cognitive performance in young adults

When it comes to the brain the importance of long-chain fatty acids is not disputed but once again EPA has come up trumps in a study directly comparing EPA with DHA for cognitive function. In a double blind, cross over trial, EPA and DHA were given to young adults for 30 days, with a 30-day washout period between the two interventions. After each 30-day intervention a number of cognitive tests were carried out to determine changes in brain behaviour and activity. Whilst both the EPA and the DHA treatments were able to increase brain activation, only the EPA intervention translated into greater cognitive performance. Follow the link below to read the abstract ahead of full publication.


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Sophie Tully

About Sophie Tully

A trained pharmacologist, Sophie pursued her passion for health and nutrition by completing a master’s degree in Clinical & Public Health Nutrition at UCL, London. Sophie balances her Igennus role with her own private nutrition and health consultancy business working with elite athletes and the general public to achieve optimal health through lifestyle and dietary interventions. Sophie’s main research interests lie in the role of nutrition and lifestyle in inflammation, psychology and immunology. Sophie also lectures at the College of Naturopathic Medicine.