Do You Want A Fat Brain?

March 11, 2014

in Anti-Aging,BLOGS,Brain,Diabetes,Energy,General,Health Protection

forget-keyWhy would you want a fat brain?

 

The natural aging process can cause brain atrophy or shrinkage. That is when we find ourselves worrying about brain function.

 

“Why am I standing here with the refrigerator door open?”

“What did I do with my keys?”

“Honey, did we forget to mail the car payment?”

“I just cannot remember what Jane told me last night about getting together?”

We all have those moments when we just cannot remember what we did with those important papers. We should be able to recall someone’s name but it just will not pop out.

At times like this your imagination may be running wild! “Am I getting Alzheimer’s or dementia? Am I just getting old-timers?” These are things we joke about from time to time but are they really a concern?

Probably not, more than likely it is just the bad habit of not remembering. Maybe we are just too busy or maybe our mind is just on overload?

Studies have shown there is considerable shrinkage in the size of the brain of those who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s related diseases. About 2/3 of your brain is made up of fat.

aging-brain-healthyLet’s talk about some ways to have a healthy Fat Brain.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight. A recent 10 year British study of men between 39 and 63 years showed interesting results. The men with a lower BMI had better cognitive function. Those men who were obese showed a faster rate of mental decline. Here we are! I want you to weigh less and your brain to weigh more! How nuts is that?
  2. Eat healthy fats in the right amounts. Oxidized fats and hydrogenated oils (trans fats) are damaging to brain cells. Foods such as powdered eggs and milk, some aged cheeses, lard, smoked meats, packaged lunch meats, and evaporated milk are examples of oxidized fats.
  3. Fatten up your brain with quality omega-3 fatty acids. Low levels of omega-3s have been associated with low brain volume. Salmon or quality salmon oil supplements are the best source of omega-3 fatty acids.  
  4. Consumption of complex carbohydrates and medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) can reduce the risk of ‘type 3’ diabetes, associated with Alzheimer’s. Complex carbohydrates are non-refined whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa and starchy veggies such as potatoes, beans, peas, and lentils. Good food sources of MCT’s are butter from grass fed cows and quality coconut oil. This sure disputes all the ‘low-fat’ advice that has been given out the past 20 or so years.
  5. An interesting note: higher cholesterol levels strengthen the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier separates the circulating blood from the fluid in the central nervous system. So… decreased cholesterol levels may play a part in damaged brain cells. Is it possible that all the statin drugs used to lower cholesterol levels has anything to do with more people developing dementia or Alzheimer’s?
  6. Supplement with a quality, whole food vitamin E. A recent study of Alzheimer’s showed a delay in the progression of the disease by 6.2 months over a period of 2.3 years with the use of vitamin E. The entire Vitamin E family reduces oxidation of the fats in your body including the good fats.
  7. Eat a diet rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants in abundance help increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain thus reducing the risk of stroke. They also work to reduce oxidation of fats.
  8.  A diet rich in antioxidants and flavonoids such as blueberries and strawberries affect the brain by boosting its signaling function, preventing inflammation, and protecting cognitive as well as motor control.
  9. Resveratrol (polyphenols) found in pomegranates counteracts the negative effects of age-related cognitive decline. It may work by reducing free radical damage, inflammation, and improving DNA repair. Resveratrol may protect nerve and brain cells from the buildup of plaque that can cause Alzheimer’s.
  10.  B Vitamins in general can slow brain shrinkage as well as age-related mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI may increase the risk of developing dementia including Alzheimer’s.

Follow these guidelines to a healthier fatter brain.

A recent article in The Washington Post by Tara Bahrampour indicates that Alzheimer’s really should be rated as the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. It isn’t rated third because often times other causes of death are listed on death certificates other than Alzheimer’s.

Tell me what you are doing to boost the healthy fat in your brain. I know you do not want to end up with severe dementia or Alzheimer’s. That is not a fun place to be!

I’m borrowing a quote from one of my past nutritional mentors, Dr. Don Lawson.

“You want to be all there when you get there!”

References:  “Searching for Nutrition (Part 3)” Oct 2013 www.imageawareness.com http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270708.php http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2516645/Migraines-link-plastic-cups-bottles-Gender-bending-chemical-packaging-trigger-attacks.html “How Can I Keep My Brain Cells?” June 2013 www.imageawareness.com

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1 A. Lynn Jesus March 19, 2014 at 11:09 am

Wow! What an informative article Pat! I made the switch from the low fat butter 'spreads' to moderated use of butter and inclusion of more olive oil. It took me a bit, but when I became a label reader I was astonished at all the chemicals in the so-called healthy alternatives, such as the butter spreads – so I really eliminated all those 'short cuts'. And I am a Pacific NW native, so I love salmon. That's always on the menu! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this! 

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2 Pat Moon March 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Hi, A. Lynn,

Great news that you have switched off the so called healthy low fat butter spreads. Olive oil and real butter are so much healthier. It must be wonderful to have access to fresh ocean salmon. I am very leary of the farmed salmon. At first I thought it was good but then we learn about all that is done to it?

Taking care of your health is very important! Thanks for visiting and the comment.

Pat

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3 Robin Strohmaier March 19, 2014 at 5:07 am

What a fantastic title, Pat! You definitely had my attention from the first minute. I do take an omega-3 suppliment and salmon is on our weekly menu. I didn't realize that Alzheimer's is one of the leading causes of death. Several of my very dear relatives had it and it is a devistaing disease. Great article, Pat, filled with so much advice. I will be bookmarking this!

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4 Pat Moon March 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Hi Robin,

Yes, Alzheimer’s and/or severe dementia are both very devestating. My mother-in-law had dementia. It complicated her care a great deal in the later years of her life. 

I’m glad to hear you are taking an omega-3 supplement. Hopefully it has all 8 members of the omega-3 family and is from a reliable source. Here is a link to our Salmon Oil Plus, a very high quality source of omega-3.

I’m so glad I captured your attention with my title and held on to it as you read the article. Our brain is very precious and we do need to take care of it.

Caring for your health today and for the rest of your life.

Pat

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5 jeanne Costello March 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Pat this is a great article. Every doctor for the past 25 years has been trying to get me on statin drugs wich I have refused. My cholesterol is too high but I am rather healthy otherwise. I eat very little hydrogenated fats and should be feeling great, which I am not really. Thanks for writing to help us all. Hope you are doing well

Jeanne

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6 Pat Moon March 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Hi Jeanne,

I, too have cholesterol that is too high for the modern charts however my HDL, the good cholesterol, is very high (off the charts). That means I have a healthy ratio of LDL to HDL. Also the whole low cholesterol thing has been so blown out of proportion by the drug companies pushing statin drugs. I believe we will be seeing more about this in the news soon but it will take time for it to really get to the general public and medical field.

I congradulate you on eating very little hydrogenated fats which is good. You say you do not really feel good. I suspect you need more of the essential oils from whole grains. Please message me at pat@bestrealhealth and we can discuss some of your health concerns.

Supplementation with NeoLife ProVitality+ will give your immune system a big boost toward feeling great.

I’m so happy for your visit. By the way, I did take a look at your jewelry. It is beautiful and gives a feeling of simplicity with elegance.

Blessings to you and your family.

Pat

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7 jeanne Costello March 18, 2014 at 7:00 am

Thanks so much Pat for writing back. I am not sleeping much which I believe is the reason I do not feel good. Working on that, even though it's been 30 years of insomnia….Sometimes I have a good night sleep and feel so good I think… oh that's the way normal people feel every day! My good cholesterol is low and that's no good, but I haven't been tested in a while now, that's due soon. My immune system is still strong, considering! 

I almost deleted your email when it came as it looked like spam. That was the address: Nutrition|weight loss|Fitness|Baby Boomers|Anti-Aging|Skin Care|Supplements|Best Real Health <pat@bestrealhealth.com> 

I believe I received this because I sined up for the comments of your latest post.

Thanks so much for your help…it's always very much needed. It seems that everything natural that could help people sleep keeps me up all night. Valerian, Melatonin etc…are a no no for me.

Keep well Pat

In His precious Love

Jeanne

 

 

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8 Pat Moon March 18, 2014 at 11:31 am

Jeanne,

Thank you for telling me about how my return email looked like spam. I did made a change that will hopefully make a difference in how the emails come into your inbox. If it stills looks like spam, let me know and I’ll see what else I can do.

What type of fats and oils do you eat? I suggest cooking with a very high quality extra virgin, first cold-pressed olive oil. Stay totally away from hydrogenated oils. Supplementation with NeoLife Salmon Oil Plus and the Tre-en-en are both very beneficial in getting those fats more balanced. They are both in the ProVitality+ I suggested earlier.

I, personally, take ‘Herbal Rest & Relax‘ each evening to help me relax and sleep better. I also drink a relaxing cup of chamomile tea prior to bedtime. I could suggest other supplements but this would be something to start with and try. As you already know a good night’s rest is very important to your health.

I resisted supplements for years to the point I did not even let my husband try them. I finally gave in and let him try digestive aids. He was helped so much that I became a believer in supplementation. That was way back in 1985. I would really hate to think where my health would be today at almost age 71 if I would not have had good supplementation during the past 28+ years.

Thank you for your support with my blog and your follow.

My prayer is that God will give your health a special blessing.

Pat

 

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9 jeanne Costello March 19, 2014 at 7:17 am

Pat I use Olive Oil when I bake or in salad dressings. I have learned that O.Oil is not good for hi heat (when you cook something on the stove) so I use Expeller pressed high smoke point (485*F) Grapeseed oil. I have used supplements for many many years and will be 65 in a couple months.

I am very sensitive to everything that helps people sleep keeps me awake it seems. I looked up the ingredients for Herbal Rest and Relax and most of them keep me up….It's a very frustrating journey as you can imagine and I appreciate all your help. 

I use something my naturopath Dr suggested from Metagenics called Mega 10, which is supposed to realy help lower down cholesterol. If you woould rather you can email me, you should hav emy email address. If not I can send to you.

Thanks for caring

Jeanne  🙂

 

 

 

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10 Pat Moon March 20, 2014 at 11:42 am

Jeanne,

I have sent you a private message in response to your comment.

Blessings,

Pat

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11 Susan Schiller March 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Hi Pat,

I'm continually amazed to learn new things from you – you have a fountain of life flowing here!

I've been taking lecithin every day, in the form of making my own lipsomal vitamin C, and I've heard that it's the same fat that is found in the brain. Have you heard anything about lecithin, pro's or con's?

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12 Pat Moon March 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Hi Susan,

Thank you for your kind comment. I probably need to write a blog about lecithin. I’ll try to give you a brief overview.

Lecithin has been given the name “brain food” because of its high concentration of phosphatidyl choline, which supports primary brain functions including memory, thought, and muscular control. . Choline, in the form of acetylcholine, is a neurotransmitter within the brain. Phosphatidyl inositol, another component of lecithin, supports the structure of nerve cells and helps nerves transmit signals. Choline and inositol aid in the stabilization of blood lipids, helping to keep them dispersed evenly in the blood. Nutritional lecithin is a special fraction of soybean oil that contains pure phosphatidlyl choline and pure myo-inositol.

Yes, I believe supplementation with quality lecithin is very benefical to most people. My reservations about making your own lipsomal vitamin C is in the protection of the natural oils of the lecithin from oxidation. Of course, I do sell a very high quality lecithin that is protected by NeoLife’s special lipid protection. You can read more about it here.

I pray that God’s special blessings are with you and your health.

Pat

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13 Sharon ODay March 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Pat, this is fascinating!  I knew about the role of the right fats in maintaining the brain, but never heard the cholesterol piece.  I've always wondered why doctors kept lowering "ideal" cholesterol levels … except for the benefits they got from Big Pharma for prescribing all the statin drugs.  Suspect, to say the least.  I have average total cholesterol, but VERY high HDLs which give me a protective HDL-to-LDL ratio.  So my LDL levels are fine.  And I've still had doctors telling me I could lower my cholesterol.  When they insisted, I changed doctors … 😉

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14 Pat Moon March 13, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Hi Sharon,

I believe we will soon be hearing more and more about how Big Pharma has distorted the cholesterol thing. When you think about the low fat craze and all the statin drugs that have been prescribed it all correlates with the increase of dementia and Alzhemier’s. Yes, I say, suspect!

You and I must be similiar in more than 1 way. I have what they consider high total cholesterol but my HDL is also very high so my ratios are good. I have basically just told my doctor that I will not take statins. She is actually very open to more natural approaches which I appreciate. 

Keep taking care of yourself.

Pat

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15 Marielle Altenor March 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Thank you for the very informative article. I did not know there were things that I could do to have a healthier brain. Do you know of any foods that have B vitamins?  

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16 Pat Moon March 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Hi Marielle,

Great question about foods that have B vitamins. Of course, there are many B vitamins. Some foods are good for some of the B’s and not others but some of the main B vitamin food sources are: dark leafy green vegetables, fruit, dairy products and meats. Legumes, lentils, grains, yams, avocados and yogurt are good sources. In a future blog I will be talking about some specific B vitamins and their role in health.

I personally take a quality B Complex daily supplement to guarantee I am getting a balance.

Thinking healthy!

Pat

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17 Joan M Harrington March 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Learned a few things thanks so much for sharing Pat these awesome health tips and great info about our brains 🙂

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18 Pat Moon March 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Hi Joan,

I so enjoy sharing things on taking care of our health… including our brain. Happy you visited.

Healthy thoughts to you.

Pat

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19 Tina March 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I have this philosophy. Take it for what it's worth. If I can't remember something I say I put it into a box, wrapped it up with a pretty bow and put it on a shelf in my brain. Problem is: I can't remember which shelf!!

 

haha!

Thanks for the reminder to eat and live healthy. 

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20 Pat Moon March 13, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Hi Tina,

Ha! Ha! Yes, we often do joke about forgeting things and most of these incidents are quite normal in our fast paced world. Interesting idea that the brain actually has shelves to store thoughts! I do know that different areas of the brain have different functions so you may not be that far off base. 😉

Please do eat well and live healthy!

Pat

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21 Gilly March 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I just finished my spinach soup with all the good veggies in it!  Completely brain happy 😀  Dementia and Alzheimer are quite scarey as we age, these are great tips and are excellent to keep us healthy upstairs! Thank you Pat 😀

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22 Pat Moon March 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Hi Gilly,

Yes, dementia and alzheimer’s can be very scary. My husband’s mother had dementia pretty bad for the last 5 years of her life. It is not a fun place to be for yourself or your loved ones… very difficult. I sincerely believe we can do things to reduce the risk. I know you are also working toward that goal.

Stay healthy!

Pat

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23 Nate March 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Pat,

You know it's so important that we need to stop and think about taking care of our brain.  Without our brain we are not who we are today.  It's just as important to keep a healthy lifestyle as well as a healthy brain.  All very solid tips.  Thank you Pat!

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24 Pat Moon March 13, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Hi Nate,

Yes, doing things to care care of your brain basically all apply to taking care of the rest of your body. Without a healthy functioning brain life can be very difficult. Thank you for your supportive comment.

Be healthy!

Pat

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25 veronica March 12, 2014 at 11:25 am

These are wonderful tips to have a healthy brain. I am only 41 and feel like I am losing soem brain cells sometimes. I eat healthy and need more exercise, I am half way there 🙂

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26 Pat Moon March 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Hi Veronica,

Wow, I’m almost 30 years your senior. I’ll be 71 in a couple months.

Actually after about the age of 30 we do naturally start to lose some brain cells but with good nutrition and appropriate lifestyle habits we can slow the process. That’s where good nutrition with diet and quality supplements come into the picture. I am so thankful I was introduced to the NeoLife supplements when I was only 42 years old. With some of the symptoms I was having at that time (and really they were not serious but in looking back they could have become serious) I could very well be a diabetic now and would probably at least have high blood pressure. Those 2 things alone would have me on medications I am very thankful I do not have to be on.

My health and wellness blog is all about giving people the proper tools to avoid as much disease as possible and as many prescription drugs as possible now and in the future.

Your continued good health is my concern!

Pat

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27 Roslyn March 12, 2014 at 10:21 am

I do sometimes worry when I can't remember something but I know I am on overload. I have so many tasks to accomplish daily I often feel schizophrenic (just kidding). I work at staying focused and completing a task. So far at almost 75 I'm in good health and have been paying more attention to my diet. I always read your info as a great refresher course.

 

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28 Pat Moon March 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Roslyn, yes, overload can do it. I also get that way at times at almost age 71. Its probably because we are still working and involved in things other than ourselves but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I am glad you are able to use my blog as a great refresher course of paying more attention to your diet and health.

Good Health and Wellness is what my blog is all about!

Best of continued health to you!

Pat

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29 Alexandra McAllister March 12, 2014 at 9:50 am

I am also aware of this and have been careful to eat healthy, exercise and take the proper supplements.  Your article is excellent, Pat, on how to have a healthy brain!  Very important! Thanks for sharing.

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30 Pat Moon March 12, 2014 at 9:55 am

Hi Alexandra,

It always makes me smile when I see your comments and know you have read my articles.

Take care and stay healthy!

Blessings to your day!

Pat

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31 Meryl Hershey Beck March 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

Thank you, for sharing these deatils about maintaining a healthy brain. The idea about a fat brain and keeping it up is interesting. I enjoyed this article and the ways you listed to having a healthy, fat brain.

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32 Pat Moon March 12, 2014 at 9:39 am

Thanks, Meryl.

I know you are very aware of getting proper nutrition and taking care of your body including your brain. I’m glad you found the article interesting and enjoyed it.

Be health and well!

Pat

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33 Kungphoo March 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

Wonderful article! Thanks for all of this great information. Being healthy and fit is important, but it is more important to have a healthy brain. Lucky for me, I already consume most of these healthy choices, but now I have even more of a reason to continue to do so! Thanks!

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34 Pat Moon March 12, 2014 at 9:37 am

Good for you, Robert. I’m glad to hear you are already consuming most of the healthy foods and supplements for a healthy brain.

Taking care of your brain is very, very important and what is very good news is that when you take care of your brain properly you are most likely also taking care of your heart and reducing your risk of developing diseases like diabetes and cancer.

Stay healthy!

Pat

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