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Brain Health requires Diet Rich in Vitamins and Omega-3s

Jan 02, 2012 - 4 comments
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Omega 3s and Vitamins key for a better brain health
According to Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, PhD, a neurobiologist at UCLA who studies the impact of certain foods on the brain, the key is to avoid fried foods and add more omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. Omega 3s are essential for normal brain functioning because they are our primary source of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), the most abundant omega 3 fatty acid found in the cell membranes of brain cells. Scientists believe that DHA protects against “normal wear and tear” on the brain, helps promote brain growth, enhances learning and memory and improves communication between synapses.

From Diets in Review: New research shows that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D, and E supports brain function in older people and is also associated with lower levels of brain shrinkage. Additionally, diets shown to be high in trans-fat were associated with lower levels of mental capacity. http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/01/brain-health-supported-by-diet-rich-in-vitamins-and-omega-3s/

From Diets in Review.com:  "I spoke with Michael Gonzalez-Wallace, author of SUPER BODY SUPER BRAIN, about the role these nutrients play in brain function.
“Eating Omege-3 fatty acids and a healthy balanced diet increases the production of proteins between nerve cells called BDNF,” said Gonzalez-Wallace. “It’s a very hot topic in the field of brain foods, health and neuroscience.” He explains that BDNF stands for Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, which is important to the parts of the brain responsible for memory, learning and higher thinking"
check this phenomenal article: http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/01/brain-health-supported-by-diet-rich-in-vitamins-and-omega-3s/

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by gymdandee, Jan 02, 2012
The Good Fat: Ketones Promote Brain Health, Inhibit Cancer
Cardiologists are always warning people to avoid foods containing cholesterol, as well as foods high in saturated fats and every other source of fat except,the one group most associated with poor health omega-6 fats.
medical literature, you will find in medical literature that there is actually very little evidence linking saturated fat consumption and heart disease, and that the studies making that link may have fingered the wrong culprit.
Most saturated fat consumption comes from eating animal fats i.e., meats. The studies that did make a link simply assumed it was the fat that was at fault.
There is stronger evidence linking health problems to the iron in meat rather than the saturated fats. Iron in meat is highly
absorbable, and elevated iron levels are strongly linked to high rates of cardiovascular disease, strokes, degenerative brain diseases, and cancer.
The most commonly used type of study, epidemiologic studies, investigate the diets of large numbers of people. But these studies often ignore the fact that humans are engaged in a great number of activities that can make teasing out the real dietary culprit very difficult. Such complicating factors include: Education level, Pre-existing health, Age, Weight,
Drug exposure, Occupation, Exercise levels.
Even in studies where these factors are considered, critical details can be overlooked.
Most people, including doctors, think of “fats” as either saturated fats, omega-3 fats (found in fish oil), or omega-6 fats
(found in vegetable oils).
They forget about other types of fat such as: Monounsaturated fats, Medium-chain oils, Short-chain fats.
lipids have a number of powerful biochemical and physiological effects. They can act like powerful drugs either beneficial or harmful.
Research is looking at a group of fats called medium-chain triglycerides (MCT oils) and short-chain fatty acids (SCFA).
Both have remarkable properties and may hold secrets that lead to curing major diseases. Dr. Bruce Fife, N.D., a doctor of naturopathic medicine has completed a book on medium- and short-chain fats and how they may be used to cure
Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases. “Stop Alzheimer’s Now”
Studies have suggested why the ketogenic diet works. In most neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and Huntington’s disease, they see a significant impairment of mitochondrial energy
generation. When the cell’s mitochondria are impaired, they not only reduce the cell’s supply of ATP energy, they also generate massive storms of free radicals and lipid peroxidation products. This damages all the parts of the cell
and further impairs its function. Over decades, this can trigger microglial activation and immunoexcitotoxicity a
destructive process that may be central to all neurodegenerative diseases, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and brain trauma.
The ketogenic diet typically consists of about a 4-1 ratio of fats to combined proteins and carbohydrates.
Optimally, that means 80 percent fats, 15 percent proteins, and 5 percent carbohydrates.
In many studies, this diet has shown dramatic effects in reducing seizures in both children and adults.
The ketogenic diet has been shown to reduce the activation of microglia cells, a diffuse set of normally resting cells that direct the central nervous system’s immune system. Intense activation of the microglia can lead to inflammation in the brain.
The ketogenic diet can also improve mitochondrial energy production and reduce free radicals produced by mitochondria. In addition, the diet protects against excitotoxicity and increases factors that stimwulate brain healing.
The benefits of ketones were recently demonstrated in a study of older dogs, which develop many of the same brain conditions that humans do, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers fed the dogs a ketogenic diet and found that it improved the following: Daytime activity, Visual spatial memory, Ability to learn complex tasks, Discrimination of mental tasks, Short-term memory.
Healthy Fats Extra-virgin olive oil,  Omega-3 fats (fish oil, DHA and flaxseed oil), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) borage oil, Conjugated linolenic acid (CLA),  Extra-virgin coconut oil.
Unhealthy Fats Omega-6 oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, canola and soybean), Trans-fatty acids (partially hydrogenated oils).

Here are some ways you can boost your immunity and protect your health: Drink plenty of pure water to flush out urinary
bacteria (six 12-ounce glasses a day), Eat at least five servings of fresh (washed) vegetables a day, Avoid foods containing immune-suppressing oils, such as corn, soybean, safflower, sunflower, peanut and canola. Take 500 mg of magnesium citrate twice a day. However, if you have kidney disease or a heart blockage, consult your physician first.
Take a multivitamin with minerals. If you are having surgery, you might want to select a vitamin that has iron and vitamin K.,  Take 200 IU of vitamin E via mixed tocopherols (natural form) every day. Do not take in a gelatin capsule. Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C (buffered calcium or magnesium ascorbate) three times a day. If you are over 50 or have a history of heart disease, take 300 milligrams of CoQ10 in extra-virgin olive or rice oil each day. This will strengthen your heart and boost immunity. Take 30 mg of zinc daily to improve the body’s ability to heal wounds and stimulate immunity.
Take 200 micrograms of selenium every day can boost immunity. Beta 1,3/1,6 glucan is a potent immune stimulator
extracted from the cell walls of baker’s yeast.



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by gymdandee, Jan 02, 2012
Sorry! I left out the source of information was from neurosurgeon, Dr.Blaylock


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by jefelex, Jan 09, 2012
What an interesting reply!  Thank you for the posting - I knew that the hype around saturated fat was all hype, and this has helped strengthen my resolve!  

I figure that if you eat good healthy food, including butter and meat, you'll be okay and all this hype about low fat and low this and that are really just sales hype to sell more product.

:-)

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by Sparkysarah, Jan 18, 2012
I have multiple sclerosis and am aged 48 and was interested in the above replies as I have been looking at the influence of supplements and diet. I am deficient in vitamin D and the more I read, the more I think that many people in England are probably deficient in vitamin D especially in our winter. Anyhow I believe that the paleo diet may be fairly similar to what is suggested above and certainly eating lots of greens, kale, spinach and watercress (soup) must be good for you.

I have no medical training and this post just caught my eye as I have started taking omega 3 fish oils regularly. Any suggestions how much I should be taking?. I have started on 1000mg, I am also taking 4000IU vitamin D and 400mg chelated magnesium and a multivitamin/mineral.

Cheers for now



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