Studies show nearly 40 percent of Americans ages 65 and older have some form of associated memory impairment. However, research also shows that Omega-3 fatty acids are valuable in repairing and strengthening your brain and memory systems. Although you may not be able to change your hereditary predisposition to Alzheimer’s or dementia, you can change your diet and lifestyle.
Preserving Memory and Cognitive Function with Omega-3s
Your brain is nearly 70 percent fat, which means it needs specific types of nutrients to function and perform optimally. Omega-3s are the answer. These essential fatty acids are composed of EPA and DHA, commonly found in coldwater fatty fish.
Omega-3s reduce neuroinflammation and oxidative damage, resulting in decreased production of harmful brain plaque, which is the leading cause of Alzheimer’s. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential amino acids. This means they cannot be produced within the body and require external consumption.
The cognitive benefits of eating a diet rich in omega-3s regularly include:
- Sustaining healthy cell membrane
- Assisting with neuron communication
- Helping neurotransmitters function
- Supporting blood flow to the brain
- Facilitating brain tissue growth
- Preventing neurodegenerative disorders
- Decreased anxiety and depression
Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
- Cod liver oil
- Chia seeds
Strengthening your memory is possible with effort and intention. It is critical to take corrective measures because as memory loss gets worse, it may develop into dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Thankfully it’s never too late to pick up some salmon and walnuts on your next visit to the grocery store. Your memory will thank you.
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