Omega 3, The Good Fat

I can not tell anyone enough how important I think Omega-3 fatty acid is in our diet. If you don’t remember anything else I tell you, remember this – Omega-3 is good for your brain, your joints, inflammation (which has been known to cause Alzheimer’s disease), and a number of other physical ailments.

We all have those pesky moments of short-term memory loss, like when we forget where we parked the car or where we put our keys. Those bouts are frustrating, but normal occurrences.

For those who suffer from more frequent Senior Moments these occurrences take on a whole different concern. Many people wonder if there is a simple memory improvement pill or something that will be of use?

There are a variety of different things that can bring on short-term memory loss like dehydration, illness, diabetes, low iron and calcium levels, and heart problems that restrict the flow of oxygen to the brain. There are also the more severe reasons, like the onset of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, that will slow down and eventually turn off the body’s memory system, to the point of where your brain forgets to tell your heart to beat, or your lungs to breathe.

There have been countless studies to show that memory loss is not limited to senior moments, but is occurring more and more often among high school and college students. It is become a growing problem for woman, especially, who are approaching middle age, and after 50 both sexes show a decline in memory function. Since memory is important to any age, neuroscientists are constantly searching for memory improvement tips and techniques that will aid patients in retaining their memory.

The essential fatty acids in Omega 3 have been shown to increase the body’s calcium levels and improve bone strength. They contain blood-thinning properties that help in stopping the formation of blood clots and blockage of arteries that causes coronary heart disease (People taking these supplements have a 70% lower risk of suffering strokes or heart attacks). Fish oil maintains good cholesterol (HDL) levels and lowers the triglycerides in the blood.

Doctors have used Omega 3 in the treatment of schizophrenia; depression; sleep disorders and other mental problems. Patients who suffer from osteoporosis, arthritis, and joint pain have found relief after taking this supplement, and it has been found to aid in recovery from burns.

Protein-rich Omega 3 is essential for pregnant women. As the baby grows it drains fat from the mother, and can reduce her brain by ½ of its fat supply. If the mother doesn’t replenish her Omega 3’s she runs a high risk of postpartum depression, and it could possibly take up to four years for her brain to replenish what she has lost.

One of the best memory tips I can provide is to increase your daily intake of protein-rich Omega 3 fatty acids, from a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are crucial for the effective functioning of our heart and brain. Omega 3 is not produced by our bodies, and must be taken through the food we eat or supplements.

Fresh water, open water, cold fish are the best source of Omega 3 in foods. Salmon, sardines, tune, mackerel and Hoki fish, taken from the ocean and not from fish farmers. You can also find it in soybeans, tofu, walnuts and flaxseed oil. Best of all it is quite plentiful in supplements form, available at most pharmacies and local health food stores. There is no aftertaste, no need for refrigeration, and it’s easy to swallow for adults and children.

A word of caution – the market is flooded with supplements that claim to be rich in Omega 3, so you will need to be careful not all of these supplements are created equal. Look for fish oil high in EPA and DHA content. The best oil is extracted from the Hoki fish, found in southern New Zealand. Even better – look for molecularly distilled fish oil supplements. These have distilled of all the toxins and contaminants – like mercury and other metals, and are safe for human consumption.

These important fatty acids work to enhance communication between neuro-transmitters (nerve cells), which will improve your memory as well as raise your IQ.

A proper diet and exercise program is always advisable, and it is recommended you get an OK from your doctor before you start any change in diet or adding new supplements. If he is not already aware, you may be able to enlighten him/her on the amazing possibilities these brain foods will make in your overall health.


About the Author:

Ron White is a memory speaker and expert





No More Memory Loss — Champion Brain Food, by Wendy Baker:

Trust Omega 3 Protein for a Perfect Health, by Michael Thomas:

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