Is there anything fresh fish and fish oil can’t do? I’m beginning to think not as I read studies like this one in the journal Neurology that show omega 3s can lower your risk for dementia and brain deterioration.
Researchers found that people with more omega-3 fatty acids had lower levels of beta-amyloid, a nasty protein that contributes to dementia. Just one gram of omega 3s lowered beta-amyloid levels by an impressive 20 – 30%.
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are complex diseases and I don’t think there’s any simple solution to preventing them. If you’re like me, you want to take every precaution you can. That’s why I eat fresh fish and take fish oil.
Many of you express concerns about mercury and if you eat fish please choose options with the lowest-mercury levels. That means bypassing larger fish like shark and swordfish. Tuna is a popular and convenient choice. Unfortunately, many varieties have moderate levels of mercury and I suggest you eat no more than four to six ounces a week.
On the other hand, lower-mercury seafood choices include herring, Pollock, salmon, sardines, shrimp, and tilapia. Choose wild-caught fish whenever possible. Here is a website to help you learn the safest seafood choices.
If fish isn’t a favorite food or you aren’t eating it several times each week, I recommend a high-quality fish oil. Super EPA from Thorne Research provides 425 mg of EPA and 270 mg DHA in each capsule. Super EPA provides an effective, easy, contaminant-free way to get therapeutic amounts of these beneficial omega 3s for brain health.
In Good Health,