Healthy Fats Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Healthy Fats Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is a rising epidemic in North America.  Many are scared they’re  at risk of contracting this disease and don’t think they can do anything to stop this.  I’m here to tell you that there is.  Although there are cases where people get Alzheimer’s disease no matter what, there are many actions you can take, foods you can eat that will fortify your brain and prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and much more.

What are the Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Scientist believe that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a mixture of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.  Less than 5 percent of Alzheimer’s disease is caused by genetics.  This means that for 5% of unfortunate people, nothing they do in their lifetime will prevent them from contracting Alzheimer’s disease.

Although there isn’t a certain cause of this disease the effects of the brain are easy to identify.  Alzheimer’s disease weakens and destroys your brain cells.  A brain suffering from Alzheimer’s disease has significantly fewer brain cells and brain connections among remaining cells.

As we age we accumulate plaque on the outside of our brain.  This plaque is made up of a protein called beta-amyloid.  This plaque can be responsible for damaging brain cells and affecting brain connections.  Oxidation is a big factor in Alzheimer’s disease as well.  Oxidation is caused by inflammation and free radicals in the body.  Oxidation occurring in your body is analogous  to rust forming on metal.

Omega-3  and Alzheimer’s Disease

Omega-3 is a fat found in natural foods that humans eat every day.  These fats have been show to improve memory and cognition.  Scientist have even discovered that In combination with vitamin D3, Omega-3 had an immense effect of absorbing beta-amyloid, the brain plaque so well linked to Alzheimer’s.  Proving that healthy fats fight Alzheimer’s disease and promote brain health and function.

People are generally deficient in omega-3 so it’s recommended that they find ways to consume more of this essential fatty acid.  Natural ways to find Omega-3 is by eating Fish, nuts, seeds, and various types of plants.  Keep in mind that there are different types of omega-3.  The ones that people are usually lacking and one of the more potent forms for Omega-3 are, EPA and DHA.  These fats are found in highest concentration in fish like Mackerel, Trout, Tuna, Salmon and a few others.

There is a concern though about fish being contaminated with mercury(toxic heavy metal which will damage your brain and body) and PCBs(man-made toxic chemicals).  Thankfully there are alternatives.  You can find omega-3 supplements that can give you the same effect as eating fish.  Remember to look at the label when purchasing your omega-3. Look for supplements that contain the highest amount of EPA and DHA but at the same time contain the fewest non-medical ingredients.

Overview of Alzheimer’s

You do have a role to play in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.  You can control the foods you eat, make a choices to exercise and more.  Also it is important that you do things in your everyday life that require you to use your brain, exercising your cognitive ability.  There’s the old rule of if you don’t use it you lose it.  Keep your brain strong with these ideas and most importantly help your family and friends by sharing the knowledge you’ve acquired.

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