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EFA’S, SUPERFOODS AND A HEALTHY BRAIN

by Charles Weller February 06, 2015

EFA’S, SUPERFOODS AND A HEALTHY BRAIN

As you may have read or heard about – indeed, you may have already read the previous article “The Truth About Fat: The Essential of EFA’s” - fats are not so deserving of the negative attention they often get. There is a reason why some of them have been classified as essential, or EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids). Humans need to supply the body with these EFA’s, such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, through food or supplements since the body does not produce them. Ensuring adequate intake of these EFA’s is essential not only to keep healthy skin, eyes and energy levels, but also to develop and preserve healthy brain function.

Many neurological disorders can be traced back to various vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Evident in as early as infancy, an inadequate intake of EFA’s hinders proper development of essential brain structures for cognitive functions. This can lead to problems like learning disorders, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, autism, and those associated with memory. Fortunately, corrections to follow a balanced diet with the desired proportion of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acidshave been shown to aid in the recovery of such developmental problems.

Keeping Things…Intact

As we mature it remains just as crucial to ensure adequate amounts of these fatty acids are supplied in daily dietary intake. They are essential in protecting the brain cell membranes and promoting effectiveness of various brain signals and functionality of neurotransmitters. EFA’s have been linked with the prevention of developing certain neurological disorders associated with age-related memory loss such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. While it has not yet been proven that EFA supplements are effective in treating or curing such disorders, studies do suggest that they are highly beneficial in slowing the decline of cognitive functions.

Some of the healthier choices for foods that that include some of the healthy Omega-3 essential fats are found in nuts, seeds, algae, and certain fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel. Omega-6 fatty acids can often be oversupplied when taken in through meat and egg products. Hearth healthier choices to supply these EFA’s include vegetable, seed, and even black currant and primrose oils. Of course, Superfood Protein Smoothie is recommended for a natural and organic, source of your EFA’s, containing the desired proportion of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.


References:

1. https://thorne.com/practitioners/resources/articles/essential-fatty-acids
2. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/cognition.html#memory
3. http://www.lef.org/magazine/2008/1/report_dhafishoil/Page-01
4. http://www.omega3forchildren.co.uk/articles/article_details.aspx?id=231

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