Fatty acids and brain function
Vitamins, minerals and fatty acids
We all know the song, « My memory is failing, I can't remember very well »...
Do you feel like you have the name of this actor on the tip of your tongue ? Can't remember the date of your next doctor's appointment ? Do you forget the birthday of a loved one or to pick up your suit at the laundry ? Do you feel more and more often that you no longer remember information that seemed obvious ?
With age, our memory shows signs of weakness. Like any other organ, the brain needs to be maintained by providing the micronutrients and vitamins necessary for it to function properly. Omega-3s, and particularly DHA, are known for their benefits on memory capacities. Other natural bio-actives such as choline, citicholine, Ginkgo biloba, cocoa, garlic extract, vitamins like B3 and B5 or trace elements like zinc can have beneficial effects on your ability to concentrate and memorize.
To maintain your intellectual liveliness and delay the signs of aging, think about omega-3s and mainly DHA!
A study has shown links between fat and the appearance of the first signs of dementia, especially in older people. Increasing the intake of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and eating fish about 3 meals per week has been shown to almost halve the risk of Alzheimer's disease in the elderly.
Another study, published in the British Medical Journal, indicates that older people who eat fish or seafood at least once a week have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer-like problems... Researchers at the medical center have studied the food consumption of 1,613 subjects aged 45 to 70 years, over a period of 5 years. They tested and regularly monitored their memory, responsiveness, and overall cognitive functions. All patients were asked to note their eating habits, and the results were weighted according to age, sex, lifestyle (sports activity, alcohol consumption, etc.).
These results indicate that the consumption of fatty acids of marine origin (omega-3) reduced by 20% the risk of impaired cognitive function. (Source Neurology, January 2004, 62-275-280)
To maintain your memory and cognitive functions, consider supplementing yourself with omega-3s, and more specifically with DHA.