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Anti-Aging Nutrition, Anti-Aging Education and Brain Healing

Posted May 30 2008 3:47pm
Studies show that anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fats help to protect your brain from degeneration, and your bones from osteoporosis. How to choose the right fats is an important part of your anti-aging education. There is good evidence that if you eat these 'good' fats that are a ruling factor in influencing the rate of bone breakdown, you will be contributing to preserving your bone density. And the health of that precious brain.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in high concentrations in some of the wild-caught cold-water fish, like salmon, for instance, and can significantly decrease bone breakdown.

In women, these beneficial omega-3 fats work with estrogen to stimulate bone mineral deposits and slow the rate of bone breakdown. But it's not simply a matter of consuming more omega-3 rich foods; you also need to consume less of foods containing omega-6 fats. Increasing your consumption of omega-3s and decreasing your consumption of omega-6 fats (i.e., arachidonic acid, which is found in meat and dairy products), more effectively reduces bone reabsorption.

* Arachidonic acid is used by the body to produce the Series 2 prostaglandins (PGE2), an inflammatory mediator.

* PGE2 can set off inflammatory chain reactions that break down cartilage and trigger increased activity by osteoclasts, the cells which to break down or resorb old bone.

* These two mechanisms help explain why increasing consumption of cold-water fish, which increase your omega 3 oil intake, while decreasing consumption of meat and dairy products, which increase your omega 6 oil intake, can produce remarkable positive effects in people with bone and joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

* These same mechanisms also appear to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.

And what about the brain? If you'd like to know, go to omega 3 oils and brain health. If you have any particular concerns, ask your doctor.
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