Research Labs Testing Show Promising Results for Improved Memory and Mimimising Depression

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Some very exciting news for those with cognitive difficulties and chronic depression were revealed from the University of Bergen in Norway by researchers at the Department of Biomedicine and K. G. Jebsen Centre for Research on Neuropsychiatric Disorders this week.

Concerned about the increase of patients diagnosed with cognitive problems and behaviour similar to depression-based disorders, genetic research has been seeking ways to correct these problems with supplements that increases genetic response for brain activity. The researchers proceeded with a study comparing rats receiving a daily dose of Krill Oil supplements to a group receiving no supplements and a second group receiving equivalent doses of a popularly prescribed antidepressant medication.

Why Krill Oil vs. Other Omega-3

The particularity of the Omega-3 fatty acids found in krill oil has a higher level of EPA and DHA.  Research data for many years has proven that EPA and DHA have a positive effect on cardiovascular activity and produces some anti-inflammatory results.  Knowing that the brain is composed of an abundance of DHA lipids, researchers in Norway theorised that supplements containing both sources of fatty acids found in krill may be beneficial to brain functions, as well.

While fish oil does contain high levels of both lipids, the manner in which the two create bonds with corresponding elements in the brain differs greatly.  Krill oil protects the bonding from disintegrating effects in part due to being a natural anti-oxidant.  As a result, krill oil has a longer lasting impact on the cell membranes enabling the brain to trigger positive mood changes, increased attention spans, faster reactive times and improved cognition.

Krill Oil; Results on Memory, Observation and Analysis Skills

The ALSAT uses bursts of light as signaling devices to direct behavioural responses with light-sensitive animals.  The increased ability to observe, recognise and discriminate between active and inactive switches was considerably better among rats that had received daily doses of krill oil compared to both control groups.

While in the short term, both the krill oil and medication had similar effects on increased learning, observation accuracy and length of memory, the longer that both groups were on the respective substances, differences in alert responses became evident.  The krill oil group became more alert and learning skills continued to increase.  Those rats on the medication began to show signs of lethargy, which in turn inhibited learning, memory retention and signal interpretation.

Perhaps even more significant is the fact that tests revealed that lack of the Omega-3 fatty acids found specifically in krill oil can elevate depression and increase aggressive responses to misinterpreted signals.