Science reveals fatty acids’ surprising role in shielding against Alzheimer’s

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fatty-acids-shield-against-cognitive-decline(NaturalHealth365)  The scientific community is making significant progress in the quest to minimize the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.  Though a “cure” for Alzheimer’s might not be developed for some time by Big Pharma-controlled Western medicine, a recent study published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A has identified a connection between fatty acids in the bloodstream and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s.

This discovery sheds light on how elevated fatty acid levels may enhance brain health, providing a potential shield against the debilitating impacts of cognitive decline.

Certain fatty acids enhance brain health, preventing debilitating Alzheimer’s

The study, encompassing 177 older adults with cognitive impairment, prefrailty, or frailty, explored how different nutrients in the blood might be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.  They focused on fatty acids and vitamins like D, B6, B12, and folate, examining their association with a substance called amyloid β (Aβ) in the brain, a key factor in Alzheimer’s.

The researchers found that certain types of fatty acids, specifically clupanodonic acid, mead acid, and adrenic acid, were connected to lower levels of Aβ, which is good for brain health.  Clupanodonic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid found in significant amounts in fish oils, particularly those from cold-water fatty fish like mackerel, herring, and salmon.  Mead acid is an omega-9 fatty acid primarily found in plant-based oils such as olive and some seed oils.  Adrenic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid found in various food sources, including meats.

On the other hand, linoleic acid was linked to higher levels of Aβ, which is not ideal.  Linoleic acid, an essential omega-6 fatty acid, is commonly found in vegetable oils (corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil), many processed and packaged foods, and various types of meat, such as poultry.

These results suggest that the types of fats in our blood may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s.  However, it’s important to note that this study looked at a snapshot in time, and more research over a longer period is needed to confirm these findings.

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Additional science-backed benefits of fatty acids

While the study delves into the connection between fatty acids and the risk of Alzheimer’s, it’s essential to acknowledge the myriad science-backed benefits these essential nutrients bring beyond neurodegenerative diseases.

For instance, the omega-3 fatty acids abundant in fish like wild salmon and trout contribute to heart health by lowering blood pressure, reducing triglycerides, and decreasing the risk of heart disease.  They also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties beneficial for joint health, making them a recommended choice for those dealing with conditions such as arthritis.

Fatty acids also contribute to skin health by preserving its natural barrier, ensuring it stays moisturized and radiates a soft, smooth complexion.  Additionally, their crucial role in maintaining eye health cannot be overlooked.  Omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, serve as a structural component of the retina, potentially aiding in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Increase your fatty acid intake with smart food choices

Making your diet richer in essential fatty acids doesn’t have to be complicated.  Here are some easy and tasty tips:

  • Use extra virgin (organic) olive oil in your cooking and salads.  It’s full of good-for-you monounsaturated fatty acids.
  • Add flaxseed oil to your routine.  Aim for 0.5 to 1.5 grams of alpha-linolenic acid each day for a healthy boost.
  • Enjoy fish like wild sardines, herring, and salmon.  They’re not just tasty but also packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Don’t underestimate organic chia seeds.  They’re small but mighty, offering a good dose of omega-3s.
  • Grab a handful of organic walnuts for a snack.  They’re rich in omega-6, and omega-3 fatty acids and just one ounce contains over two grams of alpha-linolenic acid.

As we learn about the impact of fatty acids on health, an important question arises: How can the food we choose to eat help us stay healthy and reduce the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s?

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