Omega 3 provides so many health enhancing benefits to our body that it truly is a super nutrient. It is best known for functions such as reducing inflammation in the body, aiding in weight loss, improving digestion, boosting immunity and cardiovascular health. However, many people do not realize how essential it is to proper brain function, mood and memory. Our brains are made up mostly of fat. Approximately 8% of the brain’s weight is comprised of omega-3 fatty acids, which are the building block for an estimated 100 billion neurons. Under consumption of Omega-3 can lead to a number of cognitive, behavioral and memory-related deficiencies.
In studies, Omega 3 consumption has been shown to help with depression, ADHD, and some symptoms of bipolar disorder. Omega 3 can also help increase learning ability, problem solving skills, memory, focus and communication between cells. Omega 3 has also been shown to boost positive mood and promote emotional balance.
Unfortunately, our bodies do not make Omega 3, so we need to get it from food and possibly added supplementation:
Some great sources of Omega 3 include:
- lake trout
Vegan sources of Omega 3 include algae, walnuts, hemp, flax and chia seeds
It’s also important to note that consuming Trans Fats will knock out your brain’s stored Omega 3 and take its place. It is an aggressive and disruptive fat that should be reduced or eliminated from your diet.
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