The brain benefits gained by eating healthy fats

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Healthy Fat News(NaturalHealth365) There are many brain benefits to be had from increasing one’s intake of omegas. The simple fact is that most people don’t get (specifically) enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diets, and there are profound health implications associated with this reality.

With all the talk about depression, inability to focus or concentrate and Alzheimer’s disease – most conventional doctors still think these health issues are related to a lack of pharmaceutical drugs. But, the truth is a lack of omega-3 fatty acids has a direct and negative impact on brain health and we should focus on nutrition to improve brain function.

Don’t forget (pun intended) – your brain loves fat

You don’t want to be carrying a lot of extra fat on your body. Extra weight puts stress on your heart, your internal organs and will increase your risk of everything from a heart attack and stroke to cancer. However, there is one area of your body where you do want fat, and that is your brain.

Your brain isn’t like the rest of your body; it needs fat to stay healthy. That means there is a major brain benefit associated with getting the right kinds of fat in your diet.

Understanding the importance of DHA

Omega-3 fatty acids have DHA. DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is the bulk of what builds the human brain and that’s only the beginning. As it turns out, DHA is the key building block of the brain, including the cerbral cortex as well as skin cells, sperm and retinas.

Through ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) intake, it is possible for the body to synthesize this extremely important fat.

There are several ways to increase one’s DHA intake such as eating wild salmon or taking a high-quality fish oil supplement. In terms of essential fats for children – one of the key reasons that nursing is so important for their development is that breast milk is an extremely rich source of DHA.

For this reason, formula should only be used if there is no other choice. Studies have shown that low levels of omega-3 fatty acids and DHA have been associated with general cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD.

The bottom line is that a healthy brain is one that is receiving enough omega-3 fatty acids and DHA. Research is ongoing as to whether or not omega-3 fatty acids and DHA can be used to treat depression and mood disorders – but I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear more good things about these fats, in the near future.

Omega-3 fatty acids and DHA may even play a role in fighting cancer and have been proven to fight inflammation throughout the body, including inflammation in the brain. More of the right kind of fats, as exemplified with omegas and DHA, will not only offer brain benefits, but also will boost overall performance.

Looking for more good reasons to feed your brain healthy fats?

1. Omega-3 fatty acids may slow the rate of telomere shortening – which translates into a slowing of the aging process and therefore the rate at which the brain ages.

2. You can reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Healthy fats like coconut oil and avocados can boost intellect in children, improve memory and problem solving.

4. You’ll protect the brain from experiencing a stroke.

5. And, last but (never) least, feeding your body healthy fats will improve the immune system.

It is important to note that not all omegas are created equally. Most people have too many omega-6 fatty acids in their systems and not enough of omega-3. This imbalance can lead to inflammation and a variety of health issues. So, improve the quality of your fat intake and you’ll improve the quality of your life!

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Sources:
http://www.brainstrongdha.com/nourish_the_brain/the_brain_and_dha
https://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/jan2008_report_dhafishoil_01.htm
http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/food/GoodFats/Pages/BoostBrainPowerwithGoodFats.aspx

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