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How Fish Can Help Protect Your Brain

How Fish Can Help Protect Your Brain
June 15
16:34 2017

There’s something REALLY fishy going on right now

If you love fresh seafood as much as I do, then this month is practically Christmas all over again.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for salmon!

Alaska’s salmon season has officially kicked in, which means you’ll find fresh, wild-caught fish in your local supermarket. And while just about every type of wild salmon is delicious, my favorite is king salmon.

It’s not just bigger, meatier, and tastier.

King salmon also has the highest levels of essential omega-3 fatty acids, and new research shows one great reason to load up on this stuff while you can.

It can save your brain!

We already know how omega-3 fatty acids can help thin the blood so it flows better. And, of course, these essential oils are also great for boosting mood and memory.

But the new study takes it to the next level.

It shows what happens inside the brain itself when you get the omega-3s you need for good health.

You get an incredible circulation boost, especially in three of the most important regions of your noggin when it comes to learning, mood, and memory.

Specifically, folks with higher omega-3 levels have better blood flow in an area called the “right parahippocampal gyrus.”

That’s not exactly a name that gets tossed around at the water cooler.

But if you DID happen to know that word already, that’s exactly the part of the brain you’d rely on to pull it out of your mind and into your mouth to impress your buddies.

And that’s not all.

The study finds high omega-3s also boost the “right precuneus,” where your episodic memory lives.

That’s your ability to remember the “five w’s” — or, the who, what, where, when, and why. It’s things you’ve done, and things that have happened to you.

High omega-3s even increase blood flow to the “vermis subregion,” which is associated with posture and movement.

How’s all that for a mouthful?!

But here’s what may be the most important part of the study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease: These folks weren’t taking supplements or put onto special diets to increase their omega-3 levels.

Some simply had naturally higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids — almost certainly from eating more fatty fish — while others didn’t.

It shows how the everyday decisions you make about what’s on your dinner plate can have a direct effect on your mood and memory… and even play a key role in what disease risks you could face.

So, eat fatty fish as often as you can, especially this time of year with high-quality salmon so plentiful in the supermarkets.

And just to make sure you’re covered, be sure to consider an omega-3 supplement as well.

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