A recent study reveals an omega-3 fatty acid present in fish, eggs, organ meats, micro-algae, fortified foods and certain nutritional supplements could delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease when consumed as part of a normal diet.
After conducting research on genetically-altered rodents, researchers found a specific type of omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) effectively slows the progression of the brain tangles associated with Alzheimer disease, while reducing levels of a protein responsible for producing brain plaque buildup.
DHA is an omega3 fatty acid that can be found in a wide variety of foods, which is why researchers believe people can probably delay the onset of Alzheimer by making a few simple dietary changes, or by taking DHA supplements.
There are a bunch of lifestyle changes people can make to increase their chances of not developing Alzheimer's disease.
The easiest way [to increase consumption of DHA] is through supplements, which is why people are doing clinical trials with the stuff in humans to work out the doses.
In addition to consuming increased amounts of DHA, people should avoid smoking and find ways to cut down on day-to-day stress.
Curcumin found in curry and green tea can reduce the risk of acquiring Alzheimer disease.
The study is remarkable because it shows how very small changes in diet can lead to large decreases in a person's risk for Alzheimer.
Effective Sources of Omega3's
We all need essential fatty acids for our health, including omega3 fatty acids, for optimum health.
It's recommended eating several servings of oily fish, such as wild Alaskan salmon, per week as a dietary strategy to help decrease the risk of heart disease, inflammatory conditions, cancer and other health concerns.
However, if you find fresh or frozen wild Alaskan salmon is too expensive, try these economical choices:
Sockeye salmon is always wild-caught, costs less than fresh or frozen salmon, and has the added benefit of the canning process, which softens the bones, making them an edible source of calcium.
Another fish-based source of omega-3s, choose sardines packed in water or olive oil.
A good vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids that promote cardiovascular health and tone down inflammation, and contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant compound that helps support a healthy immune system and that may help protect against cancer.
Freshly ground flaxseed contains both omega-3s and soluble fiber.
Grind flaxseed daily in a coffee grinder at home (buy one specifically for this purpose) and sprinkle one to two tablespoons a day on salads or cereals.
An important part of the diet of ancient Aztecs and Mayans, chia seed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vital minerals including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
High Quality Omega-3 Supplement
Available in liquid or capsule forms, fish oil or even better, krill oil, helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure, nourish the nervous system and promote optimal outlook.
Look for products that are certified free of contaminants, and begin with small daily doses, building up to the recommended amount.
And, if you're considering what to have for dinner this evening...
One serving of this salad provides you with a very good source of vitamin-D and K, important components for healthy bones.
The shrimp will help boost your intake of those hard-to-find omega3 fatty acids, which will help to keep inflammation at bay.
Quick and easy, you can enjoy this salad as a light meal on its own or as a side salad to accompany a larger meal.
Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 lb. large shrimp
3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
4 med. cloves garlic, pressed
3 Tbs. fresh chopped parsley
1 lg. firm ripe tomato chopped, seeds and excess pulp removed
Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
pinch red pepper flakes
Press garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out its health-promoting properties.
Use a 3 quart saucepan filled halfway with water.
Add salt to taste and 3 Tbs. of lemon juice and bring to a boil.
While water is coming to a boil, peel shrimp.
Make a slight slit down the back of each shrimp and rinse out black vein.
Add to boiling water and cook just until they are pink, about 1-2 minutes.
When water is at full boil place shrimp into and cook just until they are pink, about 1-2 minutes.
Dry shrimp with paper towels to remove excess water.
If not, it will dilute the flavor.
Make sure shrimp is well dried.
Toss with rest of ingredients while still warm.
If you can let them marinate in refrigerator for an hour they'd be much more flavorful.
Makes 4 Servings
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