There are always buzz words but how do we know if we should follow them? Learn more about Omega-3 to see the benefits and why this buzz word is worth following.
This supplement is extremely important in overall health but specifically heart, brain, and eye health. Listen now to Allie Mights Podcast on omega-3.
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Did you know that the brain is mostly made up of fat and is the fattest organ in the human body? The human brain has the ability to generate ~23 watts of power when awake. If you feel a cognitive dysfunction, this can alter the brain function leading to complicated issues such as memory loss, or decreased energy. So, let’s learn about the ways we can help improve your brain function.†
What is Brain Health?
Brain health is defined as the preservation of optimal brain integrity with cognitive function.1 Brain function can be affected as we age with a stable function called mild cognitive impairment and then progressing to worse stages like brain diseases such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. There are changes as individual’s age and make lifestyle adjustments to positively impact the brain.†
Mild cognitive impairment is generally expected as we get older and age.2 Individuals with mild cognitive impairments still have the ability to perform normal functions. Some minor memory loss can occur and is often called “senior moments.” Even though some individuals with mild cognitive impairment remain stable, half of them progress to Dementia. Though, there are ways to prevent the progression by controlling risk factors with lifestyle modifications. Lifestyle modifications that are discussed to benefit brain health can be exercise, cognitively stimulating activities, sleep, and nutrition.† 3
Brain Health Nutrition Therapy
The MIND diet has been studied and is recommended for individuals with cognitive decline. The MIND diet is a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diet. The focus being on wholesome fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It focuses mainly on leafy vegetables 7 days a week, 2 or more servings of berries a week and fatty fish like salmon 1 time a week or more. In the MIND diet it is recommended to avoid trans-saturated fats, hydrogenated oils, and saturated fats.†
Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs
Krill oil is shellfish derived that supplies EPA and DHA important omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty acids have to support healthy blood vessels function and circulation as well as brain health.†
A study provides insight that omega-3 polyunsaturated fats have an effect on cognitive function in the elderly population. This has been studied specifically with krill oil, a mostly omega-3-fatty acids with phosphatidylcholine.†
Acetyl-L-Carnitine, also called Alcar, provides energy to the mitochondria of the cells. The mitochondria is known as the “powerhouse” of the cells. Alpha-lipoic acid, also called ALA, is an antioxidant naturally produced in the body to help support glutathione. Alcar + ALA are combined together at InViteⓇ Health to help counteract oxidative stress in the body. Alcar has been studied for its numerous effects specifically on the brain and muscle metabolism. Alcar protects against neurotoxicity and may be an effective treatment for certain forms of depression.4 Preclinical studies suggest that ALA has free radicals, reduces inflammation and protects the brain cells from conditions like stroke, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.† 5
Resveratrol Max HxⓇ has naturally sourced active trans-resveratrol in the formula and powerful antioxidants like grape seed extract and quercetin. Resveratrol comes from the skin of red grapes commonly known as the “red wine antioxidant.”†
Resveratrol is a long-term treatment with adequate dosages with improved bioavailability and can possibly exert clinically significant protective effects against cognitive decline in humans.†
Grape Seed Extract contains flavonoids and is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Polyphenols and flavonoids maintain cellular proteostasis which is closely involved with amyloid diseases, in particular, neurodegenerative diseases. 8 Grape Seed Extract is valuable in therapeutic agents. Amyloid disease is an abnormal protein produced in the bone marrow causing deposits in any tissue or organs.†
Brain Health Program
Krill oil Advanced supports cardiovascular and brain health with the use of EPA, DHA, Astaxanthin and Omega-3 phospholipids †
Alcar + ALA supports for energy, memory, nerve health and metabolism †
Resveratrol Max HxⓇ supports brain health, cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic health †
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2. Gauthier, Serge, et al. “Mild cognitive impairment.” The lancet 367.9518 (2006): 1262-1270.
3. Mintzer J, Donovan KA, Kindy AZ, Lock SL, Chura LR, Barracca N. Lifestyle Choices and Brain Health. Front Med (Lausanne). 2019; 6:204. Published 2019 Oct 4. doi:10.3389/fmed.2019.00204Mintzer J, Donovan KA, Kindy AZ, Lock SL, Chura LR, Barracca N. Lifestyle Choices and Brain Health. Front Med (Lausanne). 2019; 6:204. Published 2019 Oct 4. doi:10.3389/fmed.2019.00204
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You’ve probably heard about omega-3 fatty acids and their benefits for a healthy heart and fending off inflammation, but have you heard of DHA? This omega-3 is incredibly important for supporting brain health in people of all ages.
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, but what do you know about DHA? Learn all about why this nutrient is important for brain development from Amanda Williams, MPH.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
You may have heard of the terms “silent disease” and “silent killer.” These are terms that are thrown around in the medical community when referencing disease states that people walk around with and are completely unaware until something goes haywire. When we think about the silent killer, we’re usually thinking in the setting of high blood pressure, which could lead to a potential heart attack.†
When we’re referencing a silent disease, we’re usually talking about osteoporosis. For the most part, people have no idea that their bones are getting weaker. You generally don’t feel this. When it comes to bone health, there’s a lot of misunderstanding as to what’s actually happening within the bones and who is impacted by loss of bone density. Today, I want to talk about the basics of bone health.†
Who is at risk for osteoporosis?
Let’s talk about bone health in general. You cannot feel that your bones are getting weaker. There are probably 10 to 15 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis or bone loss. There’s probably close to 50 million Americans who have low bone density. When we look at the population as a whole, we can then say that probably half of the people over the age of 50 years old are at risk of breaking a bone. These people should be cognisant of their bone health.†
When we think about bone health, many times our brains go straight to calcium and Vitamin D. These are very important because they are integral to maintaining bone health, but there are so many other factors that we can look at.†
How to support bone health
We can certainly see how the intake of certain vitamins and minerals beyond calcium and Vitamin D impact bone health. We can look at how easy it is to maintain good bone density throughout our lives and it really comes down to diet and exercise.†
We know that eating a healthy diet like the Mediterranean Diet is incredibly important. We also have to make sure that we are maintaining good muscle tone and muscle strength.†
We can also look at different nutrients besides calcium and Vitamin D. We can look at collagen. We know that collagen provides the bones with essential strength and allows for flexibility within the bones. Omega-3 fatty acids and tocotrienols play a key role in fending off oxidative stress that can do damage. The EPA and DHA that come from fish oil and krill oil are really important when it comes to enhancing bone-forming cells. When it comes to your diet, if you are getting adequate vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, you’re usually covering most of those bases. However, most Americans are just not eating healthy enough to achieve these things, so it is important to turn to supplementation.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains the dangerous risk that osteoporosis and osteopenia pose to people. She explains different factors that impact overall bone health and provides recommendations for nutrients that play important roles within the bones.†
- Factors that impact bone health
- The role of hormone imbalances
- What are osteoporosis and osteopenia?
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