Is Your Brain Shrinking?

» Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle & Nutrition Counseling, Nutrition | Comments Off on Is Your Brain Shrinking?

A sharper brain starts with a little oil.

Your brain starts to deteriorate significantly around age 45, decreasing by an average of 11% from its weight in early adulthood.

A study led by Lori Daiello was presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease.  According to Daiello, the study found “a significant positive association between fish oil supplement use and average brain volumes in two critical areas utilized in memory and thinking.”

Another study led by Gene Bowman, concluded that people with diets high in omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to have brain shrinkage.  Bowman added, “it is very exciting to think that people could potentially stop their brains from shrinking and keep them sharp by adjusting their diet.”

These two studies are just the latest to join numerous others in expounding on the cardiovascular, cognitive, and eye health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

So how much fish oil do you need to reap the benefits?

  • Healthy adults: 1,000 mg daily
  • Adults with cardiovascular disease symptoms: 2000 mg daily
  • Adults with symptoms of Alzheimer’s: 2,000 mg daily
  • Prenatal/nursing mothers: 1,400 mg daily

The right fish oil?

  1. Natural fish oil from wild-caught fish in deep, cold waters.  Ideally from salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines.
  2. Avoid contaminants. Look for a supplement that is molecularly distilled by water microdistillation without chemicals or excessive temperatures.
  3. The higher the levels of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) the more beneficial they are. Look for fish oil with a balance 2:1 DHA:EPA.

excerpts taken from 2012 Melaleuca, Inc. handout