If you could take a daily pill to enhance your brain health and reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, that would be… well, a “no brainer,” wouldn’t it?
Of course, pharmaceutical scientists claim they’re a long way off from developing such a breakthrough…
But the good news is, you don’t have to wait for Big Pharma, because there’s an all-natural solution you can get today, in either a delicious meal or a convenient supplement.
I’m talking about omega-3 fatty acids. And a recent study shows just how valuable these nutrients can be not only for your cognitive health, but the brain itself.
A better, faster, stronger brain
One of the co-authors noted of the recent study (published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease) noted that while considerable evidence shows how omega-3 benefits the heart, the role these nutrients play in the brain is comparatively new — and very promising.
“This study,” he says, “opens the door to the possibility that relatively simple dietary changes could favorably impact cognitive function.”
“Favorably impact” is putting it mildly, as the study results illustrate…
The researchers randomly selected more than 160 individuals who visited a psychiatric referral clinic. Blood tests revealed each participants’ levels of the two primary omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Using a scanning method called single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), researchers were able to track blood perfusion (the flow of blood through the capillaries and organ tissues) in 128 specific brain regions while participants performed cognitive tasks.
Analysis showed a clear link between high EPA and DHA levels and ample blood flow to regions of the brain responsible for memory, learning, and a sense of well-being. In addition, the higher blood flow was linked to better cognitive test scores.
Researchers are calling this study a major advancement. And given the safety profile of omega 3 supplements, this is a study every doctor should share with their patients — especially seniors.
Building a bigger brain
A greater flow of blood to the brain — prompted by omega-3 fatty acids — also benefits your brain in one more major way: It helps maintain brain volume which tends to shrink with age.
Dr. Marc Micozzi cites evidence of this in his online protocol — the Complete Alzheimer’s Cure.
In a 2014 study, he says, researchers compared responses to a dietary questionnaire with brain scans. Their analysis showed that participants who said they ate baked or broiled fish just one time each week had more gray matter than those who said they ate fish less frequently.
Dr. Micozzi sums up the results: “These weekly fish eaters literally had up to 14 percent larger brain volumes in regions responsible for memory and cognitive function.”
In another study, researchers found that participants who regularly ate tuna and other fish were less likely to experience a transient ischemic attack (also known as TIA or “mini-stroke”) caused by small blood blockages.
The fish-eaters also had healthier white brain matter, which connects the areas of gray matter and carries nerve impulses between neurons.
Function at a rapid-fire pace
Dr. Micozzi notes that all these benefits spring from two key players — DHA and EPA. As he puts it, these two fatty acids “help your brain function at a rapid-fire pace as you get older.”
Which is why Dr. Micozzi recently upped his recommendations. He recommends taking a daily dose of 4 to 5 grams of high-quality fish oil each day, in addition to eating fish several times a week.
He also points out that your supplement should contain 1,000 to 1,300 mg of DHA and 1,400 to 1,800 mg of EPA fatty acids. Dr. Micozzi recommends always checking the Supplement Facts label to be sure it contains enough of these essential components.
In addition, he stresses the importance in eating only wild-caught seafood — avoiding farm-raised fish altogether. Farm-raised fish, he points out, contain only a small fraction of the nutrients found in wild-caught fish. And farm-raised are also burdened with significant contaminants.
You can learn more about Dr. Micozzi’s indispensable brain-boosting dietary and supplement recommendations in his Complete Alzheimer’s Cure Protocol. Click here to find out more about this remarkable online learning tool or to enroll today.
Quantitative Erythrocyte Omega-3 EPA Plus DHA Levels are Related to Higher Regional Cerebral Blood Flow on Brain SPECT.
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
June 23, 2017
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