Here’s a riddle for you.
What’s the fattest part of your body?
Most people would respond with, “My tummy!” or “My thighs!” or “My butt!”
Wrong, wrong and wrong.
It’s your brain.
Yep – your BRAIN is made up of a whopping 60 percent fat!
That makes it the fattest organ in your entire body.
Of course, brain fat is quite different from the fat around your middle, or on the edge of a piece of steak.
Brain fat is mostly comprised of DHA, a powerful Omega 3 fatty acid.
And, considering the high proportion of fat in your brain, it’s no wonder that your body NEEDS you to eat fat.
GOOD fats, that is!
We’re not talking about hotdogs or deep-fried chips.
These – and other fried foods – are a source of bad fats.
Omega-3 fats are the building blocks of our bodies.
Every one of the body’s 100 trillion+ cells needs high-quality Omega-3 fat to function.
The brain alone contains more than 100 billion cells – all built with Omega-3 fatty acids.
This type of fat is so important, scientists have shown that a lack of Omega 3 in the diet can lead to cognitive decline, impaired brain function and even age-related diseases such as dementia.
So, let’s examine this special fat more closely.
Omega 3 is made up of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
These two fatty acids are the most important for maintaining healthy function of the brain.
It’s their job to build cell membranes and encourage new brain cells to form.
Omega 3 fats are like the lubricant that binds to the cell membranes, allowing fluidity, so they’re soft and flexible.
Fluidity is hugely important for the brain cell to function properly.
The more fluid the membrane, the better they’re able to communicate with one another.
This, in turn, means that the brain is able to adjust and adapt to new information.
Omega-3s in cell membranes allows neurotransmitter receptors to function at their very best so that they can relay information in the brain.
Neurotransmitters are like mini cell phones that communicate important information around the brain and body.
Remember how everyone was told to cut fat out of their diet a few decades ago?
That fat was BAD, period?
This was a terrible case of generalization that may have cost many people their brains.
Studies have shown that a diet rich in Omega-3 can increase brain growth hormone or BDNF.
The more BDNF, the higher the production of ‘messengers’ in your brain.
Not only that, BDNF helps reduce the destruction of these messengers.
And here’s the most important finding yet.
Numerous studies have shown that adequate levels of Omega-3 in the diet reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline and protects you from diseases such as Alzheimer’s
Of all the Omega-3 fats, DHA is the most important for supporting brain health.
So! Let’s get on with the most important part of the story: how can you avail of these brain-protecting fats and make yourself smarter?