June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month - Healthy Fats, Healthy Brain
Approximately 60% of brain matter consists of fat. Fatty acids also create the cell membranes of every nerve cell throughout your brain and body. The quality of the fats you eat determines the quality of fats in your brain and nerve cells.
Protect your brain with fat:
Eat - Avocado, extra virgin olive oil, raw nuts and seeds, coconut oil, fatty fish (sardines, mackerel, herring and wild salmon), grass-fed beef, and eggs, have healthy fats which are beneficial for our health, especially our brains. Healthy fats reduce the risk of developing dementia, Alzheimer’s, in addition to reducing inflammation in the brain and body.
Avoid - Trans fats, commonly found in highly processed foods, and refined oils such as canola oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil and other vegetables oils are inflammatory. This type of fat also may affect memory and cognition negatively.
Supplement - Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are essential, meaning our bodies cannot make them and therefore we must get them from foods or supplements. Taking a high-quality omega-3 from fish oil, such as our UltraOmega, protects the brain and reduces a person’s risk of developing dementia.