Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) – Essential to Brain Health
Decades of study and countless books have gone into exploring Omega-3 and the role it plays in our physical and mental health. Here are Seven Essential Facts about this ESSENTIAL substance.
1. Omega-3 is called “essential” because it’s necessary for our health, but we cannot make it on our own.
2. One essential Omega-3 fatty acid is a substance called α-linolenic acid (ALA). Our body uses ALA to make two other essential fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). However, we don’t make enough to meet daily needs for optimal health.
3. Omega-3 is also critical for preventing symptoms of chronic illness, such as inflammation, fatigue, joint and muscle pain and poor elimination of toxins.
4. The brain thrives on Omega-3. Without enough, we can experience learning problems, memory issues, brain fog and other neurological symptoms. Proper levels help protect us from Alzheimer’s Disease.
5. Additionally, food is a great source of Omega-3. Consider salmon, tuna, halibut, krill, flaxseed, walnuts and chia seeds.
6. It’s difficult to get sufficient amounts from food alone. Most Americans consume a daily average of 130 mg EPA + DHA – way below the recommended 1000-2000 mg. Consider adding a supplement to your diet.
7. Acquiring Omega-3 must be done in a focused fashion, with attention paid to the balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 (a group of fatty acids linked to increased inflammation). An imbalance can adversely impact well being and brain health.
Also, consult with Tiffany at EcoHealth to assess your intake and explore ways to protect your health and cognitive function with Omega-3.
Ginkgo Gets Your Brain In Gear (Ginkgo Biloba)
Touted as the “brain herb”, Ginkgo Biloba extract (GBE) has received attention for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, particularly to support cardiovascular and neurological and brain health. Over the past 10-15 years, numerous studies have tested Ginkgo for various actions in treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as preventing cognitive decline in healthy people.
Ginkgo contains a number of biologically active compounds that work in different ways to support brain health. How these compounds act is not fully known – and is still being researched in animal and human studies – but there are some excellent theories. Ginkgo may work by increasing blood flow in the brain, helping to remove free radicals that can damage cells, and reducing inflammation. It may even protect nerve cells already damaged by Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia.
Hundreds of published studies have evaluated the effectiveness of Ginkgo in people with dementia and other types of cognitive decline. Additionally, several studies show that GBE has a positive effect on memory, learning, and thinking in people with Alzheimer disease or vascular dementia. In fact, Ginkgo may work as well as some prescription medications for Alzheimer’s.
Gingko extracts are standardized to specific dosages when used in studies and medical treatment. So, GBE can interact with blood clotting medications. Also, be sure to consult with Tiffany at Ecohealth before taking Ginkgo.