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Your Big Fat Healthy Brain

Posted Oct 23 2008 9:03pm

Here’s a Big Fat Healthy Brain Tip: Increase Omega-3 fatty acids – more fish oils.

Your brain is the body’s fattiest organ – 60 percent of it is made up of lipids (fatlike substances). The kinds of fats differ greatly, and the profusion or scarcity of them greatly determines the architecture of your brain cells. Fats determine how many dendrites and synapses you will have available for intelligence, learning, memory, attention, concentration and your mood.

A low fat diet is good, as long as you get a healthy dose of omega-3 fats for your brain. These are also the kinds of fats that are good for your heart.

Fat molecules help determine how much of which type of neurotransmitters that brain cells will make and release – thus signaling the genes and hormones that make you feel good or bad or harm or benefit your brain.

Unless you get the right kinds of fats in the right amounts, your brain can breakdown. Your cerebral tissue may become starved. When that happens the outer membranes of your cells stiffen and shrivel. The dendrites, or long tentacles that reach out to communicate with other cells may become stunted. The rich chemical flood of neurotransmitters may dry up or become short-circuited, unable to gain entry to neurons and carry messages from neuron to neuron.

The major villain in our diets is saturated fat. It causes major detrimental effects on memory and learning.

On the other hand, mono-unsaturated fat (olive oil) may be beneficial to memory. Polyunsaturated fat may be detrimental or beneficial, depending on the type. The more saturated fats animals eat, the more severe their brain and memory malfunction.

So all fat is not bad. Without getting a degree in chemistry, you can learn which ones are good, which to avoid.

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