December 9, 2009

Cut your dementia risk by up to 39%

Did you know that a supplement you're probably already taking can cut your risk of dementia by 39% or more?

You probably already know that omega-3 fatty acids are great for your heart, your colon, and your lungs. But a new study suggests they're also a great way to protect yourself from dementia.

A study followed 1,214 subjects for four years. At the start of the study, none of the participants had dementia. During the four years, 65 developed dementia. Having a high EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) level reduced that risk by 31% regardless of depression. Higher arachidonic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid that can cause inflammation) compared to another omega-3 fatty acid called DHA raised the risk 39%. And the omega-6 fatty acid was particularly devastating to those with depression.

Omega fatty acids must be in balance. I believe a natural human diet will contain from 4:1 to 2:1 omega 6 to omega 3. The average American intake is 6:1 or greater. This can be very pro-inflammatory, which is a huge risk for Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases.

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There are many ways to increase your omega-3 fatty acids. The best way is to eat a diet rich in chia seeds, flax seeds, cold water fish from Alaska (or other northern waters), and also take supplements. Fish oil supplements, such as those in Advanced Bionutritionals Healthy Resolve, are a great way to get omega-3 fatty acids.

But my favorite source is through plant-based 18 carbon chain fatty acids (except for diabetics). And the best source I've found is Yes EFA! available from Advanced Bionutritionals. It has a healthy 2:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Take two twice daily.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,

Ref: Am J Clin Nutr, 2008; 88(3): 714-21.

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