omega 3

Think about a house for a minute. Do you want to live in one that’s been built with shoddy or inappropriate materials or one that has been put together with what it’s supposed to be put together with?

Most people will want the good quality one, because they’ve got some reassurance that it won’t go wrong and fall down. It’s just going to need some maintenance as you go along. So it almost goes without saying, most of us want a house that’s been built properly with the right materials, and when maintenance is needed we want that done properly too.

Most people have got this right when it comes to houses, but the most important thing you live in is your body. Your body is built out of what you eat, so it makes sense you will have a better quality body the better quality food you eat.

Last week I wrote about decreasing brain size which is thought to be related to the reduced quality of fat in many people’s diet. Many people are doing low fat diets and just aren’t getting enough fat full stop.

Omega 3 Deficiency

The dry weight of your brain is mostly fat and a good part of that is one of the omega 3s. In hunter gatherer times humans mainly got this from wild meat and fish. Unfortunately today’s farmed meat and fish are generally very deficient of these fats and so don’t give the people eating them enough for their own needs.

Give Your Brain a Boost

It’s relatively easy to get more than enough omega 3 if you know what to eat, and when you do this your brain (as well as the rest of your body) will be healthier and last longer.  Oily wild fish is a great source, for example salmon, tuna and mackerel. Meat fed exclusively on grass (i.e. their natural diet) is a good source. Eggs are good too (providing the chickens have had some normal diet) – omega 3 is in the yolk. For veggies flax (linseed) oil is a great alternative.

Do your brain a favour and eat goods fats regularly.

Have an Uber Healthy week.

Dr Julie

PS Congratulations to Charumitra for winning May’s free place on Uber Slim, my online weight loss program.

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