Fish and nuts support two of our vital organs. They are naturally good for us and might improve the health of your brain and your heart. Including fish oil in your diet may give you a boost in these areas toward longevity.
Questions still remain what supplements are best, but a more recent study suggests, especially for older women that Omega-3 fatty acids “preserved” the brain when they aged. The conclusion is that it holds promise for those whose brains lose cognitive abilities and age related dementia.
Researchers believe eating fish 5 times a week or 2 times and adding supplements may help. The study whose conclusion came out last year found that fish oil supplements do nothing for someone after they’ve had a heart attack or stroke. It helps healthy people, those at risk or otherwise already have heart disease.
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in supplements help to lower the risk of arrhythmias, of triglycerides, slow plaque formation and help to bring blood pressure down some. The fish recommended to eat is salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and tuna (albacore). Eat these twice weekly as they recommend. The desired way for best results is by eating the fish and nuts as they support vital organs, but supplements can help.
Gina Lundberg, a cardiologist at Emory University in Atlanta recommends it to her patients after the age of 50. There are prescription strength fish oil pills, but she feels the over the counter do just as well and can be affordable. She feels they are worth the money.
Physician Steven Masley points out the difference between wild salmon, trout and sole versus fried fish and fried chips.
Recently tested fish oils were evaluated by LabDoor. They found no mercury, so that is good news. Two of the pills exceeded PCB limits and one soft gel had spoiled ingredients. He stands by Costco’s Kirkland brand, Swanson Super EPA and Vitacost Mega brands. Vitamin Shoppe Fish oil and DHA were superior, also.
The acids in Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been beneficial for awhile now and most everyone knows they come from fish. We have been told to eat our fish but worry about the mercury. They now believe it may help ward off Alzheimer’s, that fateful brain condition which deteriorates our cognitive abilities. DHA or docosahexaenoic acid is the Omega-3 that is good for infants in their brain development. This fat is a protect-ant, a coating for the developing brain. It must be given regularly as it does wear off.
The nourishment of brain cells helps prevent atrophy in later years, which can be seen on brain scans. Diets higher in this acid, such as DHA, keeps older folks, over age 70 with more active brains. Nuts and salmon are rich in DHA, as well as other fish fore-mentioned in this article. Fish are natural and so are nuts, like walnuts and almonds, and these support our vital organs and our need for natural DHA, as it continues throughout life.
By Kim Troike