Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nutrient Levels Linked to Healthy Brains, Memory, Thinking, even Grumpiness....

For years, it's been known that eating oily fish rich in Omega 3's, has been linked to lower risk of stroke and death from heart disease.   According to a new study, higher intakes of omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients can slow brain aging and improve memory and thinking skills.

A study published in the December issue of Neurology has found that nutrient levels account for a 17% variation in memory and thinking ability, and a 37% variation in brain volume in a group of older individuals.

We remember reading an article several years ago, about how men's brains shrink with age, leading to one of the reasons they get grumpy, like in the movie, Grumpy Old Men.  This latest study actually gives us stats behind that claim.

The researcher recruited 104 individuals (average age 87) and measured blood levels of certain nutrients, as well as memory and thinking in all study participants.  They also analyzed MRI scans to determine the brain volume of 42 of the subjects.

With this data the researchers came to three conclusions.  The first conclusion is that individuals with diets high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C, D, E, and B were more likely to score better on memory and thinking tests.  Those with diets high in trans-fat were more likely to both score poorly on memory and thinking tests, and to have brain shrinkage.  Finally, individuals with low omega-3 fatty acid intake and other nutrient intake are more likely to have lower brain volume.

Personally, we're committed to keeping our brains healthy in the hopes we won't become grumpy!  We take a daily dose of USANA's Essentials (Vitamins, Antioxidants and Minerals) plus  BiOmega, produced from cold-water, deep-sea fish oil, containing a balanced, highly concentrated daily dose of the important EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.  Each capsule also includes 100 IU's of Vitamin D.

For further information on Omega-3's and the USANA Products:

Dave and Deanna Waters   1-888-320-8250

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