Omega 3 and Depression in the Elderly

Chances are you have already heard of omegas, especially if you are health conscious or have read previous posts on this blog. The mighty essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6 are power houses of energy and also have a fantastic range of health benefits which covers the whole body (from head to toe).

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Omega-3 supplements buffer the effect of mental stress

Mental stress is known to have a negative effect on heart health, and unmanaged stress is linked with increased blood pressure, an important predictor of heart disease. Managing mental stress can be a huge help to those looking to support their cardiovascular health. Of course this is often easier said than done. After all, stress [...]

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Nutrient levels linked to brain health

I recently wrote about the reported benefits of the nutrient choline for improved memory and brain health. A new study, soon to be published in the journal Neurology, has now investigated the link between brain health and other nutrients in the diet, including Vitamins B, C, D and E, omega 3 and trans fats.

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Choline: The Brain Food

A new study conducted at the Boston University School of Medicine suggests that the nutrient choline may improve cognitive function in healthy adults.

Choline is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which plays a part in memory and other cognitive functions. Low acetylcholine levels are linked with Alzheimer’s.

A group of 1391 healthy (dementia-free) [...]

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B Vitamins may be important for people with memory problems

In older individuals, especially those who are suffering from cognitive (brain function) decline, there is often an increased rate of brain wastage/shrinking (atrophy).  Previous studies have found that homocysteine is a risk factor for brain atrophy, cognitive impairment and dementia.  It is also known that blood plasma concentrations of homocysteine can be lowered by [...]

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Nutrient supplements might impact brain function

 Nutrition impacts all aspects of health and the body.  What we eat can impact brain function and our mood and new research is constantly being released which indicates that having a good diet and a good supply of nutrients can impact our mental state.

Recently a double-blind placebo-controlled study (1) was conducted to investigate the effect [...]

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Healthy diet, healthy mind

Nutrition and eating for the brain and mental health are topics I have written about regularly here.  Our mood can have powerful influences on many aspects of life and eating for a healthy body naturally impacts the brain.  A recently published study (1) highlights the importance of eating for mental health by demonstrating that there is [...]

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Exercise found to protect and even improve the aging brain

Exercise and healthy eating are great ways to vitalise life.  This month two new studies (1,2) published in the Archives of Neurology add to the evidence which suggests that regular exercise can help prevent the problems that often occur in thinking and memory that can come with age and also may help to turn [...]

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Can taking a daily fish oil supplement prevent mental illness in high risk individuals?

A new study (1) has found that taking a daily fish oil supplement that is rich in long-chain omega 3 fatty acids may help to prevent against psychotic disorders.

The study(1) was carried out to see whether a daily long chain omega 3 fatty acid supplement could help reduce the rate of progression to [...]

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Vitamin D may help to improve mood

Vitamin D has been a major topic of research over the last 2 years.  It seems as though this vitamin is essential to many aspects for health from bone to brain.  Low blood serum levels of vitamin D have been associated with increased risk for several diseases e.g. cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, depression, dental caries, [...]

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