Keeping your brain and cognitive skills healthy and functioning fully is an important issue in today’s world.
The incidence of dementia and particularly Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise.
With the need to stay sharp, be it for business, study or enjoying family and friends, it pays to make sure that your brain is getting enough good nutrients.
Much attention has been given to coconut oil as a means to avoid and possibly reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s but Fish, and in particular Omega-3 from Fish Oil, is often called the ‘ultimate brain food’ and with good reason.
We don’t eat enough good quality fish
Crazy as it sounds, no we don’t eat enough fish. With the proliferation of farmed fish, in particular Salmon, we are no longer getting the same valuable Omega-3 fatty acids that we once were.
The reason for this has to do with the way farmed fish are fed, often with grain and protein from GMO soy, which are not their natural diet. So the fish don’t produce those great Omega-3’s in anything like the levels you need.
How do you get all the Omega-3’s you need?
So the answer is to supplement and to choose a fish oil that is primarily produced from small fish like anchovies. These are rich in the nutrients you need and, having shorter life spans, don’t accumulate mercury and other heavy metals like larger, longer living fish do.
How can you make sure you are getting all the Omega-3’s from Fish Oil?
Because the Omega-3 oils are not water soluble then it can be useful to take Lecithin at the same time as Fish Oil to ensure that your digestive enzymes can access and pick up the Omega-3 effectively.
What is Lecithin?
Lecithin (derived from non-GMO soy) is an emulsifier. What this means is that when you take it, with oils or fats, it acts rather like soap and breaks up the oils into tiny particles, which helps your body digest and use them.
Lecithin for memory
Lecithin is of itself another important Fatty Acid. High in the B Vitamins choline and inositol, it provides your body with the ingredients necessary to produce the vital neurotransmitter Acetylcholine. This is the neurotransmitter that is responsible for memory storage and retrieval and the effectiveness of nerve signals in many areas of the brain. Your brain is composed of about 30% of lecithin.
The perfect combination
Taking Lecithin with Omega-3’s means your brain will benefit in two important ways, both from the nutrients themselves and their increased availability for your brain cells.