Your brain needs lubrication to be healthy and function properly. It is a known fact that omega-3’s and other whole food factors are associated with cognitive (brain) development and brain health.
My husband was talking to his 95 year old mother (who has mild dementia) on her cell phone. He asked her a question and her response was “I don’t remember.” He went on to tell her, “That is the reason I call you every day and we talk about things to help you remember. Sometimes we have to grease the wheels!” She chuckled as she realized what he meant and said “Yes, I guess we do!”
Most of us reach the full cognitive potential of our brains by the time we are about 20. That is when:
- · Our brain is the most vigorous and energetic…
- · Mental sharpness is at its greatest…
- · Memory has its greatest clarity…
- · Neural processing is at its fastest…
We now know that diet strongly influences how well your brain serves you, how sharp your mind stays, and how clear your memory remains. Everyone knows of someone who is a little forgetful or not as sharp as they were at one time. You might even feel that way about yourself; it is a natural thing for our mental capacity to decline a bit with age. Your diet can reflect how fast and to what extent that decline progresses.
Yes, our brains absolutely must have healthy oils to work properly. This is one of my concerns about some of the very low or no fat diets that are popular. Studies have shown the benefits of omega-3 oils from the developing fetus to the oldest of our aging population. A study done on people between the ages of 35 and 54 show that increased DHA (one part of the omega-3 oils) improved nonverbal reasoning and working memory. Another study found that even low doses of omega-3s produced significant improvements in the elderly who suffer from depression. This is an indication that omega-3s provide support for many mood disorders.
Here is a brief summary of the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on brain health:
• Fish-derived omega-3 fatty acids are vital to brain development and function at every stage of life as well as long term brain health.
• High omega-3 diets have been shown to increase mental performance and IQ scores, and help retain better cognitive function over time
• Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy has been associated with better brain and vision development for the baby.
One of the biggest concerns as we get older is age-related cognitive decline, dementia, and particularly Alzheimer’s. The development of Alzheimer’s has shown free radicals (oxidation) to be a contributing factor. Antioxidants provide protection for the brain from free radical damage.
Research shows that those who have the highest polyphenol content in their diet tend to have the best cognitive capacity throughout life. What are polyphenols? They are nutrients from green tea and super fruits such as pomegranates and acai berry that act as protectors from free radicals. Those with the lowest polyphenol content in their diet are at greatest risk of age-related cognitive decline such as memory loss.
One of the more unique properties of some polyphenols is their ability to cross the blood brain barrier and offer protection to the cells of the brain. This promotes cognitive sharpness today and clarity for tomorrow.
As with any other physical aspect of the body, mental functioning tends to weaken when faced with various forms of stress including everything from simple fatigue to degeneration linked to aging. Herbalists have long known that our capacity for focused concentration, clear thinking, and accurate recall can be supported and even enhanced with an appropriate mix of herbs.
• Ginkgo, Rosemary and Red Sage: antioxidant properties that help increase blood flow to the brain and supports concentration, alertness and healthy memory function.
• Gotu Kola: improves blood flow to the brain and has mild anti-stress properties
• Sweet Basil: promotes mental calm, clarity and steady mood.
• Thyme: an antioxidant that support cerebrovascular health thus reducing the risk of stroke.
• Skullcap flower: relieves anxiety and stress.
Keep your brain fed properly and lubricated with healthy oils. This will give you the assurance that as you age; you will be all there when you get there!
Think clearly for a life time,
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