Trish Grinnell



Brain Power

The brain is arguably the most important organ in the entire human body. Weighing, on average, only 3 pounds it is astounding that this jumble of cells is able to control every action we preform, voluntary or involuntary. It does this through a complex series of connections as each individual cell can connect to nearly 10,000 other cells.

Surprisingly, a healthy brain is FAT. That is, our brains consist of approximately 60 percent fat, and more specifically DHA, EPA and ALA omega-3 fatty acids. In order to keep this complicated network functioning at peak potential, we must feed our brain the nutrients that it requires: fats. These omega-3s have been shown to help in many areas of brain development and function, including: slowing down the progression of age-related memory loss [1], reducing a patient’s risk of developing dementia [2], supporting healthy brain function [3], memory [4], attention and focus, even protecting against depression [5].

For more information on how to best incorporate DHA, EPA and ALA omega-3s into your daily diet and their other benefits for the body, request additional information today and I will contact you.

[1] Morris MC, et al., “Consumption of Fish and n-3 Fatty Acids and Risk of Incident Alzheimer Disease,” Archives of Neurology, 2003, vol. 60, p. 940–6. [2] Schaefer EJ, et al., “Plasma Phosphatidylcholine Docosahexaenoic Acid Content and Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer Disease: The Framington Heart Study,” Archives of Neurology, 2006, vol. 63, no. 11, p. 1545–50. [3] Kotani S, et. al,“Dietary Supplementation of Arachidonic and Docosahexaenoic Acids Improves Cognitive Dysfunction,” Neuroscience Research, Oct. 2006, vol. 56. p.159–64. [4] Boucher O, et al., “Neurophysiologic and Neurobehavioral Evidence of Beneficial Effects of Prenatal Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake on Memory Function at School Age,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2011, vol. 93, no. 5, p. 1025–37. [5] Maes M, et al., “Fatty Acid Composition in Major Depression,” Journal of Affective Disorders, 1996, vol. 38, p. 35–46.

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