Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

We’ve got more about the brain today. Along the same lines as last week, we can boost our brains by ensuring that we get adequate intake of fat. What? We should try to eat more fat? Well, yes, but a specific type of fat. Omega-3 fatty acids are composed of eicosapentaenic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). DHA is important for proper brain functioning and can affect memory and mood as well. Some even believe that adequate intake of omega-3s can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.We can boost our brains by ensuring that we get adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids. See more benefits of what Omega 3s have to offer.

If you are looking to give your baby the best headstart in life, be sure that you are consuming adequate amounts of omega-3s in pregnancy. A babies’ developing brain relies on this and believe it or not, it can affect IQ.

Omega 3s have a whole host of benefits beyond the brain, the most significant being reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, as it increases the good cholesterol (HDL). From WebMD, other benefits include reduction in symptoms of hypertension, depression, ADHD, joint, and skin problems.

The primary way to get these components is through 2 servings of fish per week – Salmon, tuna, or mackerel. If you aren’t a fish person, there are other options. Aim for walnuts, flaxseed, or soybeans which also contain high amounts of omega-3s. And if you still can’t manage it, consider taking supplements. While they are no substitute for the real thing, it is better than not getting enough at all.

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