A lot of people try to avoid a large fat intake in order to facilitate weight loss, but there’s one type of healthy fat you definitely don’t want to limit: Omega 3 fatty acids. This special type of fat helps our bodies function properly while also providing tons of additional health benefits. Some researchers have found that Omega 3 can help boost the success of anti-inflammatory medications and antidepressants, while also possibly reduce the symptoms of ADHD and dementia.
One of our favorite benefits of adding Omega 3 to our diet is the positive effects it has on our brain health and power. How does it do this? Omega-3 helps build cell membranes and brain cells while reducing brain inflammation. More specifically, the two types of Omega 3 fatty acids are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), the latter of which is most responsible for brain health. DHA helps protect your brain against mental decline during older age, and promotes learning and memory improvement in older adults. Low levels of DHA have been linked with mental illness and higher occurrences of dementia.
Consider the following: Have you ever been in a brain fog, in which you experienced feelings of confusion or lack of mental clarity? If so, you may be Omega 3 deficient. In fact, over 70% of Americans are estimated to have a deficiency of this important fatty acid. And that’s bad news, because a lack of Omega 3 is the cause of about 50 chronic diseases and nearly 100,000 preventable deaths per year.
So, what’s the best way to increase our daily intake of Omega 3, especially without the gross fishy taste? Superfoods of course! Check out the superfoods below, all of which are great sources of Omega 3, to up your intake and boost your brain power.
Hemp Seeds - The perfect balance of Omega 3, 6, and 9. Top your salads or smoothies with these nutty seeds.
There are plenty of ways to boost your brain power without fancy supplements. Just add a few of these superfoods into your daily diet!