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A balanced ratio of essential fatty acids and healthy brain function

A balanced ratio of essential fatty acids and healthy brain function

Essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, may help to support healthy brain function.

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Dietary essential fatty acids have been found to support learning and concentration in children. These essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, may help to support healthy brain function. However, research has found that a balanced intake of these ‘good fats’ is key to supporting healthy brain function.1-3

The two key omega-3’s, known as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) as well as omega-6, which provides gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) are types of polyunsaturated acids or PUFA’s.


What are PUFA’s?

Polyunsaturated fatty acids are essential fats that the body requires for brain function and cellular growth. Since the very first moment, omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids are essential for human brain development. During pregnancy, the mother provides the baby with all the PUFAs required for brain development. During childhood, the PUFAs intake required for brain development and learning relies on external sources of food and nutrition, and quite often modern diets don’t provide enough PUFAs.

Ensure children receive adequate PUFA’s from their diet by including fish, avocado’s, raw unsalted nuts & seeds, good quality oils and limit processed packaged foods with higher trans and saturated fat content. PUFA’s are also available in supplements if advised.


What is the 9:3:1 unique balanced ratio?

Equazen provides PUFAs in a unique balanced ratio of EPA:DHA:GLA in this specific 9:3:1 proportion.1-3

9 parts of EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid, an omega-3

3 parts of DHA, docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3

1 part of GLA, gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6


The Equazen range provides the clinically researched1-3 EQUABALANCE EPA/DHA/GLA 9:3:1 blend, sourced from concentrated fish oil omega-3 triglycerides and evening primrose oil.

Equazen has been researched in many randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled studies, with a good tolerance profile. Studied in over 19 clinical trials and included in multiple reviews/meta-analyses, with over 15 years of ongoing research and global use. The EQUABALANCE ratio of EPA/DHA/GLA 9:3:1 provides a higher level of the important omega-3 EPA with the additional support of DHA. Research shows this EQUABALANCE ratio to have multiple beneficial outcomes and to lower the omega-6/omega-3 ratio.1-3

In these studies, Equazen proved to be significantly effective in supporting learning, improving attention span, concentration, focus, and learning capabilities such as reading and writing.

With a unique Equabalance 9:3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, Equazen provides you and your child all the PUFAs needed to support learning, concentration, memory and brain development, for heathy cognitive development.


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1. Richardson AJ et al. The Oxford-Durham study: A randomized, controlled trial of dietary supplementation with fatty acids in children with developmental coordination disorder. 2005;115(5):1360-1366.

2. Johnson M et al. Omega 3/6 fatty acids for reading in children: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 9-year-old mainstream schoolchildren in Sweden. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2017;58(1):83-93 [epub 2016].

3. Johnson M et al. Fatty acids in ADHD: plasma profiles in a placebo controlled study of omega 3/6 fatty acids in children and adolescents. Atten Defic Hyperact Disord. 2012;4(4):199-204

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