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Use Brain-Boosting Omega-3 Oils to Combat Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Friday, November 30th, 2012

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown time and again to improve and prevent a variety of ailments, most notably heart disease. Researchers have also been conducting tests on the affects of omega-3 fatty acids on the brain and studies show an improvement in cognition after adopting a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These oils may slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Omega 3 can help prevent Alzheimer's

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Omega-3 fatty acids are found naturally in fish, algae, and plant sources such as flax seeds, leafy green vegetables, and walnuts. The three most important types of omega 3 fatty acids are DHA, EPA, and ALA. Under the right circumstances, our bodies have the ability to create ALA, EPA and DHA. However, this process is inefficient, so we need to look to other natural sources of these fatty acids to maintain optimal health.

Eat Omega 3 Foods to Prevent Alzheimer's

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Omega-3 fatty acids have beneficial anti-inflammatory properties, and DHA is the most powerful of these fatty acids. Inflammation in the brain has been linked to Alzheimer’s, so omega-3s can play an important role in prevention. In the study references above, subjects showed a 23% increase in cognitive performance after consuming omega-3 supplements for six months. These studies show that DHA consumed through diet and supplements can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Here is a list of ways to add more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet:

Consume More Fish

 

Consume Omega 3 in Fish for Alzheimer's Prevention

 

The American Heart Association recommends having at least two servings of fish per week to protect against heart disease, and the recommendation is the same for preventing Alzheimer’s. Salmon, sardines, mackerel, cod are some of the fish highest is protective Omega-3s.

Consume More Nuts

Walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, have a light flavor, and can be easily added to the diet. Toss raw walnuts onto salads for extra crunch, eat alone as a snack, or add to homemade granola.

 

Homemade Granola with Omega 3 for Alzheimer's

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If you’ve never made your own granola, now is a great time to start. Granola can be healthy, but processed granolas are often unnecessarily loaded with sugar and fat. Here is an excellent recipe for homemade granola using brown rice syrup as a sweetener (much lower on the glycemic index than most sweeteners) and has no added oil. I like to add chia seeds to mine for an extra boost in nutrients. Walnuts are a great addition to this recipe, and I often add other omega-3 powerhouses as ground hemp seeds and flax seeds.

 

Vegetarian Sources of Omega 3s for Alzheimer's

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Consume More Flax Seeds

Like walnuts, flax seeds are an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure you grind them to help your body absorb as many of the nutrients as possible. You can add ground flax seeds to your morning oatmeal or low-fat yogurt, sprinkle over salads, or use when making low fat, low sugar, whole grain baked goods such as muffins.

 

Supplements

In addition to adding more omega-3 oils to your diet, because of its positive impact on brain health, we recommend taking a daily supplement. Talk to your doctor how much you should be taking every day.

 

For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit theadplan.com to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

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