We learn that body nutrients are better when attained through food nutrition. But supplement where you must. Essential fats for brain development are no exception. The body needs fatty acids to build brain cells.
There are two types of fatty acids considered essential. This means that the body cannot produce them. They are only obtainable from food. The brain consists mostly of fatty tissue, and depends not only on the quantity of fats consumed, but the quality as well.
Cognitive performance requires specific kind of fats called Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is found in large quantities in fish, flax seeds, walnuts, and leafy green vegetables.
Omega-6 supplies the other type of fats that the brain needs for growth and development. Omega-6 fatty acids are mostly obtained from cold pressed corn, sunflower and safflower oils.
Brain cells need a constant supply of these fatty acids in order to reduce stress, enhance memory and alertness. A diet that meets these recommendations provides adequate nutrients for brain cells.