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Omega-3's and Stroke

Posted Aug 23 2008 3:10pm
In a related study, researchers reporting in a recent issue of Neurology found that older adults whose diets include three or more weekly helpings of baked or broiled fish high in omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to develop "silent" brain lesions that can lead to cognitive decline and vascular stroke.



In my fathers' final years of life he was suffering from vascular dementia (which looks and feels exactly like Alzheimers). Docs suspected he had suffered many "mini-strokes" without knowing it, a diagnosis I came to find out was far more common than I had suspected. In a news release related to the current study in Neurology, Jyrki Virtanen, PhD, RD said the following: "Previous findings have shown that fish and fish oil can help prevent stroke, but this is one of the only studies that looks at fish's effect on silent brain infarcts (strokes) in healthy older people"



In the current study, eating just one serving of fish had a protective effect, resulting in a 13% reduction in risk of silent brain lesions. But those eating three servings or more had a nearly 26% lower risk! This comes on the heels of massive research on the beneficial properties of omega-3's on the brain, the heart, blood pressure, and just about anything else you can think of.



I strongly recommend daily supplements of Omega-3's for all the reasons we keep hearing about. I think it's one of the smartest things you can do for yourself.



And here's something exciting..



For years, I've been eating (and recommending) wild salmon and other fish products from my favorite fishing company in the world, Vital Choice in Alaska. This week I'll be announcing to you in a separate e mail a brand new collaboration between myself and this wonderful company. Quick preview: Vital Choice now offers a "Dr. Christiane Northrup", a "Dr. Andrew Weil" and a "Dr. Nicholas Perricone" package of products, and I will now be joining that elite group with the Dr. Jonny Bowden Healthiest Foods Starter Pack . Stay tuned!
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