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The Truth about Omega-3s

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

People with high levels of omega-3s (fatty acids found in cold-water fish and plant oils) have lower blood pressure and a lower risk of heart disease. Those with low levels are more likely to have memory loss and brain shrinkage as they age. But is it the case that taking omega-3 fish-oil supplements, as 21% of U.S. adults report doing, really help? Get the big picture thanks to this comprehensive Wall Street Journal Article: Continue reading

Consuming Omega-3s May Lower Alzheimer’s Risks

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Omega-3s, which can be found in fish, soy and nuts, are known to be essential for brain health. A recent study suggests that they may also help lower blood levels of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Antioxidants May Not Help Against Alzheimer’s Disease

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Following a diet rich in antioxidants such as the Mediterranean diet is associated with decreased risks for both cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease. But is it the case that taking antioxidant supplements is beneficial? In 2010, a NIH study concluded that such supplements do not lower risks of decline and Alzheimer’s. A recent, small but well designed, study went further and showed that these supplements do not help people who already have Alzheimer’s Disease. In some cases, they can even accelerate cognitive decline. Continue reading

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Memory

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Omega-3 are essential for normal brain function but how are they related to our brain fate in the long run? A new study suggest that omega-3 deficiency may be related to lower brain volume and memory impairment. Continue reading

Is Fish Good for the Brain?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Have you heard that fish is good for the brain? Do you wonder why? What is the evidence that it has a positive impact on brain functions?

What is good in fish?
Fish, especially cold-water fish, contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as DHA, which are known to be essential for good brain health. These fish include halibut, mackerel, salmon, trout, and tuna. DHA is not produced naturally by our body and need to be acquired through our diet. Continue reading

Healthy Food for a Better Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

We have all heard about special diets for people with heart problems. But did you know that some foods are also specifically good for brain health? Here are the main components of our diet that seem to have a positive effect on brain functions: Continue reading