After nearly 30 years of being a psychiatrist, I find myself recommending natural treatments such as exercise, specific diet plans, and nutritional supplements more and more.
Because most Americans do not eat with brain health in mind, and the quality of our food is not what it once was, we (at the Amen Clinics) believe that the addition of brain-directed supplements will support your best physical and mental energy levels, making it easier for you to make great decisions about how to care for your brain and body, every day.
Certain nutrients, like omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish oil, play such an important role in brain and body health that I suggest most people take them every day, regardless of their brain type or age.
EPA and DHA (the omega-3s found in fish oil) are concentrated in the brain and are important structural components of brain cells. Our bodies do NOT manufacture omega-3s on their own, which is why these fatty acids are called essential. We must obtain enough omega-3s from foods, yet most people do not get nearly enough.
In fact, the average American adult consumes less than 1 gram of omega-3s per day, when we should get around 3-4 grams!
7 Reasons to Nourish Your Brain with Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may:
- Support a healthy response to inflammation in the brain and body*
- Support healthy cognition and overall brain function*
- Support a natural sense of well-being and positive mood*
- Support focus and attention*
- Support learning and memory*
- Support your ability to get good-quality sleep*
- Promote healthy aging (particularly DHA)*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
If you believe that you or your family may be lacking sufficient omega-3 fatty acids, reach for these foods first.
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