Recently The Journal of Alzheimers Disease have reported that “This is very important research because it shows a correlation between lower omega-3 fatty acid levels and reduced brain blood flow to regions important for learning, memory, depression and dementia.”
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Omega-3 Fatty acids are crucial for mental health and wellbeing. Foods high in saturated fats affect the molecular systems that maintain mental function. Correct nutritional intake plus regular exercise improves cognitive function.
Your diet is influenced by multiple external and internal factors. External factors are those associated with culture, family habits, geographical location, income and society in general, not to mention media and advertising pressures.
Internally your brain controls your eating behaviours. Memories associated with both pleasure and dislike of foods remain with you for many years; as does the use of food as a reward.
Studies relating to the interactions of your brain when consuming Omega-3 fatty acid saturate the food sector. Within your brains cell membranes is an omega-3 fatty acid known as Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
As the Western diet has evolved, there has been an increased intake of saturated fatty acids; and decrease intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Research suggests this may have some relation to the high levels of depression.
For several years, therapists have combined diet and exercise to reduce symptoms of depression and bipolar disorders. The thought behind this is where therapists focus on the gastrointestinal tract playing a critical role in the release and production of enzymes and nutrient absorption. The vagus nerve, stems from the base of the brain to several organs linked to the digestive tract. Inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract puts pressure on the vagus nerve, resulting in stimulation, and this reaction decreases the behaviour of neurotransmitters in your brain.
Some hormones found within your gut are associated with influencing your cognitive process and emotions:
Leptin – chemically reacts (synthesised) within the adipose tissue. This is loose connective tissue, with the main role of storing energy. Leptin also sends signals to your brain to reduce appetite. If your leptin levels fall when you lose weight, this can trigger hunger and increase your appetite and food craving.
Ghrelin – a growth hormone produced in the stomach and small intestine, known as the ‘hunger hormone’. The hormone influences part of your brain called the hypothalamus, which controls your appetite and more recent research has linked it to food ‘reward’ behaviours. Ghrelin also controls insulin release.
When you are dieting, the ghrelin levels are high and triggers the hunger response.
Your food intake both amount and nutrient content affect multiple brain processes that impact the behaviours of neurotransmitters and signal pathways; in basic terms food affects the way you brain reacts.
A deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids can result in impaired memory function and has been associated with mental disorders including depression, where those with diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids research findings found less episodes of depression and improved cognitive function and overall benefit to health.
Interestingly exercise with a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduces the mental decline associated with ageing.
Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids:
Fish – Salmon
Other nutrients that improve /support cognitive function:
Curcumin – Turmeric (curry spice)
Flavonoids – Cocoa, green tea, citrus fruits
Vitamin D – Fatty fish, mushrooms, soy milk, cereal grains.
Vitamin E – Asparagus, avocado, nuts, olives, spinach, wheat germ.
Vitamin C – Citrus fruits
Calcium – Milk,
Zinc – Oysters, small amount in beans, almonds, sunflower seeds.
Selenium – Nuts, meat, fish, eggs.
Choline – Egg yolks, turkey, lettuce.
Copper – Oysters, lambs liver, brazil nuts, cocoa.
Iron – Red meat, fish, poultry, lentils, beans.
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