Do you get enough Omega-3? Fish oils may improve brain function

One of my lunches: lots of steamed salmon, veggies, and brown rice

Fish oil may reduce risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity; it also fights inflammation. Some studies have also shown that it improves mood. A recent NY Times article notes a study in Neurology which looks at the link between Omega-3 intake and  neuro activity. The study found that people with low blood levels of Omega-3 performed significantly less optimally than people who had high blood levels of fish oil. Similar results were found in “visual memory, executive function and abstract memory” tests. None of the participants had dementia.

I eat plenty of fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines etc) and also take fish oil supplements. Omega-3 is especially important in kids’ diets, and plays a vital role in their development. It has invaluable health benefits, I would recommend upping your fish intake, and if you’re not a fish person, find a good fish oil supplement. I take Nordic Naturals.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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