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Your Brain & Fats: Step 3

Posted Oct 23 2008 9:02pm

Here's the skinny on fats from Dr. Amen's book, Making a Good Brain Great.

3. Fish, Fish Oil, Good Fats and Bad Fats

DHA, one form of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, makes up a large portion of the gray matter of the brain. The fat in your brain forms cell membranes and plays a vital role in how our cells function. Neurons are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. DHA is also found in high quantities in the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye.

Research in the last few years has revealed that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help promote a healthy emotional balance and positive mood in later years, possibly because DHA is a main component of the brain’s synapses.

Patsi's note: This is simple: eat fish and thrive. It's not always easy to eat fish, so take a daily fish oil supplement. Your brain will love you for it!

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