Feed your Brain With Fish
I’m sure you’ve all heard that fish oil is good for the body but why is that?
Looking at what Seafood has to offer the reasons become clear, they contain some of the most powerful brain-nourishing compounds known to man. One of these, DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid makes up almost half of the essential fatty acids in the brain. It only makes sense that many studies show that digesting these fatty acids help not only reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive deterioration and other neurological disorders but actually help keep the mind sharp and focused on a day-to-day basis.
What led scientists to study fish closely were the simple observations of some cultures around the world that feature heavy amounts of seafood with curious health statistics. The three most notable examples are the Japanese, who have very low rates of heart attacks in spite of their high salt intake. The communities of the Arctic, who digest massive amounts of fat yet have very low incidence of coronary heart disease and lastly, the Mediterranean populations, who’s statistics have always been at odds with many philosophies of diet and disease relationships. Why do the statistics of these populations go against the rest?
Answer… Fish Oil !
The cultures mentioned above all consume large quantities of cold water fatty fish which has been shown to lower blood pressure, block inflammation causing compounds and prevent cardiovascular damage! High fish consumption has also been linked to lower rates of depression and suicide as well as aid in the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Although there are many more studies coming out with the benefits of consuming fatty fish like mackerel, salmon and herring the main reason has been established and is widely accepted. Fish oil is good for brain function and the heart, it reduces the risk of a heart attack by reducing the risk of a blood clot. The American heart association recommends two servings of fish a week for this reason alone.
Supplements vs Whole food sources
Of course, whole food sources are always recommended as the best way of obtaining your important minerals, vitamins and trace elements. Not only is salmon an excellent source of these healthy fats but it is a great source of lean, “complete” protein.