Dr. Oz recommends 5 key nutrients we don’t usually get enough of in our diet. Number 5, and most important on his list (he even says it’s his favorite of the 5) is Omega-3 fatty acids! He explains it’s great for so many things, but especially important for the brain and memory function.
Low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with smaller brain volume and poorer performance on tests of mental acuity, even in people without apparent dementia, according to a new study.
In the analysis, published online Monday in the journal Neurology, scientists examined 1,575 dementia-free men and women whose average age was 67. The researchers analyzed the fatty acids of the subjects’ red blood cells, a more reliable measurement than a plasma blood test or an estimate based on diet. They used an M.R.I. scan to measure brain volume and white matter hyperintensities, a radiological finding indicative of vascular damage.
Read full article at the NY Times
Neurosurgeon Dr. Julian Bailes is often at the cutting edge of the latest treatments for people with brain injuries. Former NFL players and other notable people with brain injuries—including Randal McCloy Jr., the sole surviving miner in the 2006 Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia—have received his care. Dr. Oz talks with Dr. Bailes about how he used omega-3 fatty acids, a common nutritional supplement, to aid in Randal’s brain recovery.
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Research shows our memory starts slipping before we even hit 30. And by our 40’s and 50’s we start realizing we’re not quite as sharp as we used to be. But, a new study shows if you want to give your brain a boost, you might want to start by eating more fish.
A 60-year-old brain is not going to be as sharp as a 20-year-old brain.
As we get older, our brains are getting older, too. But a new study published in the journal Neurology shows certain foods may help you turn back the clock a little.
London – Are you feeding your brain the right kind of fatty diet? Dairy products such as cheese and milk are among the most reviled of foods, with many experts saying their links to heart disease and obesity mean we should shun them when possible.
But new research has caused controversy by suggesting that, in fact, dairy food could be essential for a healthy brain.
The study, by US and Australian researchers, involving 1,000 adults, found those who regularly have dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt score better on tests of mental ability than people who never, or rarely, consume dairy.
Although the research, published in the International Dairy Journal, needs following-up, as it did not conclusively establish the link between dairy and fatty diets and brain power, it highlights an intriguing line of research.