Want a healthy brain? Increase Omega-3 Fatty Acid

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Here’s some interesting information from a study by Finnish researchers, recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The report acknowledged the reduction in small brain lesions (called “Silent Infarcts”) in men and women with higher levels of plasma omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).

Silent Infarcts are caused by a lack of blood flow, and that’s often associated with a decrease in cognitive abilities. Silent infarcts are estimated to affect approximately 20% of healthy older adults.

So the basic idea is this: increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, and you’ll help prevent this type of damage to your brain as you age. Adequate blood levels of omega-3 can also play an important preventative role in heart disease.

How do you increase omega-3 fatty acids?

The following foods are all excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Flax seeds
  • Walnuts

Omega-3 fatty acids are also available in supplement form.

If you have questions about omega-3 fatty acids, or other preventative health steps you can take, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment.

Inspiring you to Live Longer Better,
Dr. Grant Pagdin, MD

Flickr Photo Credit: Bev Goodwin

Dr. Grant Pagdin

Dr. Grant Pagdin

Dr. Pagdin is a leading expert in regenerative medicine in Western Canada. Dr. Pagdin is board-certified with the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM) and a Member of the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation. His primary interest is preventative and anti-aging medicine using stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments.

1 Comment

  1. Dr. Grant Pagdin » Who Wants DEMENTIA? on August 6, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    […] Whether or not you are deemed “high-risk”, there is no time like the present to take some preventative measures!  My number one piece of advice is physical exercise.  This has been shown to be even more important than “mental” exercise in preventing cognitive decline.  If you don’t get regular exercise presently, start by going for daily walks or bike rides. Consider joining a gym, such as the YMCA, and add some strength or resistance training to your weekly schedule. In addition, many nutrients have been studied for their ability to support brain health.  I discussed the importance of Omega 3’s in one of my columns last year: […]

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