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Which brain foods may help you think or boost your memory?
Salmon of the America’s has been promoting the term Salmon is Brain Food™ for quite some time. More studies are being completed showing a link between omega 3 fatty acids and promoting a healthy brain. Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fatty fish (like salmon and sardines), appear to have many health benefits. New research shows they may even build the brain’s gray matter. In one study, healthy adults who ate the most omega-3 fatty acids had the most gray matter in three brain areas that regulate mood. How do omega-3 fatty acids help the brain? Scientists are still studying the connection. But they do know this: The omega-3 fatty acid DHA, is the major polyunsaturated fatty acid found in the brain, and is important for brain development and function. Take a few minutes to complete Web MD’s brain food test. Click here to access the test.
Fish contain unsaturated fatty acids, which, when substituted for saturated fatty acids such as those in meat, may lower your cholesterol. But the main beneficial nutrient appears to be omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fatty acid that’s thought to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also believed to improve learning ability in children, decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, enhance immune function and improve arthritis symptoms. Consuming one to two servings a week of fish, particularly fish that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly sudden cardiac death. Click to read the entire article, or visit www.mayoclinic.com.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are good for your heart. Find out how the heart-health benefits of eating fish usually outweigh any risks.
If you’re worried about heart disease — whether you want to avoid it, or you already have it and want to get healthier — eating one to two servings of fish a week could reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by a third or more.
Doctors have long recognized that the unsaturated fats in fish, called omega-3 fatty acids, appear to reduce your risk of dying of heart disease. For many years, the American Heart Association has recommended that people eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week. But some people are still concerned about mercury or other contaminants in fish outweighing its heart-healthy benefits. However, when it comes to a healthier heart, the benefits of eating fish usually outweigh the possible risks of exposure to contaminants. Find out how to balance these concerns with adding a healthy amount of fish to your diet.
In a newly published study, Swedish and American scientists show how the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA can serve as both sword and shield in the fight against certain forms of cancer. The new findings on the mechanisms behind this two-sided effect give hope of one day using DHA as a complement to cytostatics in the treatment of children with neural cancer.
Neural cancer (neuroblastoma) in young children is the most common solid tumor form in this age group. The prognosis is very poor and some 40 per cent of patients die of the disease. However, it is known that fatty acids can protect healthy nerve cells from dying, and at the same time kill several types of cancer cells. In the current study, the scientists were interested in exploring what happens to DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid found mainly in oily fish (e.g. salmon and mackerel), inside the cancer cell. Click to read the entire story.
Inflammation causes pain. It can also cause a host of degenerative diseases and can significantly impact tinnitus.
Normally, inflammation is the body’s response to damage and can be a very good thing. Bang your thumb with a hammer, your immune system sends white blood cells and other, hormone-like substances to kick-start the healing process. As a result, your thumb swells and becomes painful, then heals.
Prolonged inflammation, known as chronic inflammation, leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells which are present at the site of inflammation and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue from the inflammatory process. Improper diet is the most common cause of chronic inflammation.
Omega-3 Oil: A Fish Story
There are other methods to reduce inflammation besides medication. A balanced diet and the proper supplementation can be of great benefit. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids top the list for effective control of inflammation. These compounds are found in fish oils, especially in cold water fish such as salmon. Click to read the entire article.
As NaturalNews has previously reported, omega-3s, the fatty acids found primarily in cold water fish like salmon, have a host of health benefits, including alleviating depression, preventing age-related blindness and protecting against prostate cancer. And now there’s evidence omega-3s may have a profound anti-aging effect, too.
Telomeres, structures at the end of chromosomes that are involved in the stability and replication of chromosomes, are markers of biological aging. Genetic factors, exposure to certain chemicals and environmental stressors shorten the length of telomeres and are believed to contribute to the aging process. New research just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that omega-3s slow down the shortening of telomeres — this means omega-3 fatty acids may protect against aging on a cellular level.
Previous studies have shown that people with established cardiovascular disease who have a high dietary intake of marine omega-3 fatty acids live longer than others with the same health problems who do not have adequate omega-3s in their diet. Click to read the entire article.
Although pancreatic cancer is highly lethal, we don’t know much about its etiology except that smoking has been linked to increased risk of the disease.
Now a study published Jan 26 2010 in the International Journal of Cancer has found evidence suggesting that high intake of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E may reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Gong Z and colleagues from the School of Medicine University of California in San Francisco analyzed data from a large population-based case-control study in the San Francisco Bay area and found high intake of vitamin C and E and omega 3 fatty acids was associated with low risk of pancreatic cancer. Click to read the entire story.
In the United States the leading cause of death is heart disease as well as a major cause of disabilities. Since February is American Heart Month our association wants to focus this months newsletter on the benefits of eating a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are not just great for heart health, it has also been related to decreased risk of various types of disease including certain cancers.
Farmed Atlantic salmon from Chile offers a nutritious and healthy protein choice for everyone in the family. For more information on the benefits of consuming omega 3’s please visit the American Heart Association as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Well, omega 3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid, but we all know that fat makes “fat”! So, how can consuming fatty acids help you to loose weight? Is it possible at all, or just media hype? First, you have to know that there are different types of fat.
How can you loose weight with omega 3?
The deal here is not to increase your intake of fat, but to substitute saturated and partly monounsaturated fatty acids with polyunsaturated fatty acids – preferably from fish oil, because that’s the highest quality omega 3 source. Examples for fish, rich in omega 3 are herring, salmon, tuna and mackerel… Click to read more.
Have you ever been talking to someone and describing a book, a movie, something that was on television and during your description of some part of the plot, you find yourself lacking the right word to describe what exactly it is you want to get across to the listener.
The word is…You just cannot think of it. It eludes you no matter how hard you try to think of it or concentrate to get the word to pop into your mind. You even find that now you are having a hard time recalling a synonym.
Why does this happen? It could happen for any number of reasons…lack of sleep? Stress? Or could it be you brain’s diet? Researchers know that our cognitive brain function is affected by our diet. They have shown that memory retention and cognitive function is affected by the foods we eat.
So what foods are the right “brain foods?” Cold-water fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to its protective qualities, omega-3 fatty acids also show promise in decreasing the symptoms of depression. Click to read the entire article.