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Fish Feeds the Brain!
Brought to you from the NEEDS Wellness Team

If by chance you have missed previous studies on fish and its influence on brain function, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently published two studies indicating that Omega-3 fatty acid consumption slows age-related cognitive decline.

One study, conducted in the Netherlands, tracked the fish consumption of 210 healthy men age 70 to 89 over a five-year period. All of the men started the study with stable cognitive function. At the study's conclusion, the men who did not consume any fish (an excellent source of EPA and DHA Omega-3s) experienced cognitive decline four times greater than men who consumed fish on a regular basis. In this study, a clear dose-response relationship demonstrated that daily consumption of a total of 400 mg of EPA and DHA Omega-3s was protective against decline in cognitive function.

A second study, conducted in the U.S., followed over 2,000 middle-aged adults over nine years. By the end of the study, those who had higher blood levels of Omega-3s had significantly better verbal fluency than those with low levels.

The best source of Omega-3s is fish; however, pollutants such as methyl mercury, dioxins, and polychlorinated biphenols are showing up in this invaluable food source. A safer alternative is to take high-quality fish oil supplements, which are molecularly distilled to remove the toxins and heavy metals. Metagenics EPA-DHA Extra Strength is an excellent Omega-3 supplement and two softgels per day meets the study's requirement to slow cognitive decline.

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