Your Brain on Fat

It is a common myth that fat is bad for us, but a lot of times we don’t consider the healthy fat. Your brain is made up of 60% fat, or more specifically, fatty acids so it’s fair to say that you do need some healthy fats. These lipids are among the most vital building blocks of a properly functioning brain.  So what are the fatty acids your brain needs for optimal health?

FISH OIL – As much as people say that this is nasty and gross to ingest with water, fish oil is actually an excellent source of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that is highly concentrated in the gray matter of the brain. Gray matter is involved in muscle control, sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, and speech. DHA plays an “integral role in the evolution of human intelligence,” according to an article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This article can also be found on http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257695/ …….

The DHA found in fish oil caplets also help improve communication between brain cells that may affect mood, concentration, memory, attention, and even behavior. Numerous clinical trials have shown the value of boosting DHA with supplemental fish oil as well.

To me, it’s so interesting how this tiny supplement is really so effective when it comes to cognitive brain function. The best part about this is that you don’t have to adapt to some new dieting method. You can just take the supplement. Brain food! That’s what I’m talking about!

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