Protect Your Aging Brain With Fish Fat
By Al Sears, MD
Two new studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can actually prevent “cognitive decline,” a fancy term for losing the ability to understand and think clearly.
Researchers found that those with high omega-3 blood levels had better verbal ability than those who didn’t. This means they could speak more easily and recall words, names, and phrases without difficulty. Plus, they were better able to keep track of what they and others were saying.
If that sounds too good to be true, well… it’s not. You can actually ramp up your brainpower through a simple change in diet. So eat lots of fish, but be careful. Most fish found in supermarkets and restaurants is farm-raised. The unnatural diets farm-raised fish rely on actually reduce the amount of omega-3s in their flesh. I wouldn’t recommend eating a lot of any fish that wasn’t wild-caught.
Another simple way to boost your omega-3 levels is to supplement with fish oil. The researchers behind the above two studies recommended 400 mgs per day for fish oil in capsule form. If you prefer straight fish oil, take about one tablespoon per day.