Our brain needs “good fat” as it is the fattiest organ in the body. Since the brain relies on fatty acids to function and age properly, we must consume enough “good fat” from food such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Olive Oil, Peanut Oil, and Avocado Oil are all monounsaturated fats, liquid at room temperature.
Polyunsaturated fats are seeds, walnuts, fish and flaxseeds which are all high in omega-3s. The DHA and EPA in omega-3 fatty acids are building blocks for brain development from infancy to adulthood. Parents if your kids are not fans of fish, try poking a hole in a fish oil capsule and adding it to their food. Fish oil is a great way to get omega-3s into your diets.
“Omega-3s are to the brain what calcium is to bone” says Dr. Sears. As we age, our brain becomes stiffer, slows down, and weakens. Omega-3s supports our brain cell membrane, which needs to remain flexible to allow nutrients to enter in and toxins to be kept out. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s, could be prevented by simply consuming more foods like fish into our diets. Tufts University Center performed a study on Aging and a correlation between people who ate a diet high in DHA (3 servings of fish per week) had a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s by 39 percent. Comparison to people who showed low levels of DHA in their blood.
The average person gets less than the daily value of Omega-3s (250-500 mg), it’s important to intentionally consume more fish, like wild caught salmon or tuna into your diet for a healthy brain throughout all stages of you life. Always talk to your doctor about Supplements before consuming.