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From piling on wrinkle creams to dying those nagging grays, it seems Americans are obsessed with preserving youth, but what about age-proofing your brain? New science reveals a smarter way to keep the brain young; fish oil. According to a new study published in the journalNeurology, diets lacking in omega-3, the essential fat found in fish oil, could lead to memory loss and dementia and cause the brain to age faster.
Click on the following link to watch a video on the topic: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/46548774/#46548774
In addition to supporting brain health and cognitive function, the main omega 3 fats found in fish, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), have also been shown to support a healthy mood, normal inflammatory response in the body, immune health, eye health and heart health.
Wondering how much to supplement? As Dr. Snyderman points out in the video above, current national guidelines suggest at least 2 servings of fatty fish per week or a minimum of 500 mg combined EPA/DHA per day. However, some people, like those with heart disease or other health issues, may need to take up to double that dose.
If you’re thinking it might be tough to fit fatty fish into your weekly meal plan, you’re not alone. Whether it’s personal taste, limited availability or the increasing concern about the high levels of mercury in fish, many people are much happier getting the benefits of omega 3 fats in one convenient softgel rather than head to the fish counter at the grocery store. Just be sure that you choose a high quality fish oil that offers high concentrations of EPA and DHA, and has been purified to remove contaminants and is third-party tested for freshness.
A recent study published in the journal Diabetes Care has found that low doses of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosaheaxaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) reduced the risk of heart arrhythmia-related events in diabetic patients who had previously suffered a heart attack.
1,014 diabetic patients, aged 60 to 80 years old, were randomized into four groups and consumed margarine that contained either 223 mg EPA and 149 mg DHA, 1.9 g ALA, both EPA/DHA and ALA, or no omega-3 fatty acids every day for 40 months. The group that consumed the margarine with EPA/DHA and ALA experienced an 84 percent lower risk of arrhythmia-related events and a 72 percent lower risk of arrhythmia-related events and fatal coronary events when compared to the group consuming the plain margarine. Heart arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat, and can lead to cardiac arrest.
The authors of the study suggest a few possible reasons why these omega-3s might be helpful in diabetics with heart disease. One, they might play a role in regulating insulin sensitivity, an important factor in diabetes. Two, they may help to lower blood sugar levels. And three, their anti-inflammatory properties may help to reverse insulin resistance. All these factors can lead to heart disease if unaddressed.
More studies will be done to determine the precise role each omega-3 plays in heart arrhythmia and heart disease, but this study adds to the thousands of studies illustrating the heart-healthy benefits of omega-3 oils.