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Every piece of fat that we digest, saturated or unsaturated, contains one or more fatty acids that consist of a fat particle and an acid particle. Two of these fatty acids, Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and Omega-6 (linoleic acid) are considered "essential" because our body is unable to manufacture them. It is the two derivatives of the Omega-3 fatty acid, EPA and DHA that our diet frequently lacks sufficient amounts of. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an Omega-3 fatty acid that our brain is comprised mostly of. Supplying the brain with proper amounts of DHA helps collectively promote healthy brain function and combat memory loss, dementia, and other health problems. DHA comes from our food in the form of a fatty acid compound that is found in cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines. Unknown to many though, are the seeds of the flax plant that contain the most Omega 3 fatty acids per ounce and a perfect balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 quantities.
Flax seeds may be the answer to Omega-3 deficiencies and resolve the problem of DHA deficiencies in patients with Alzheimer's. Will a daily intake of flax seeds or flax oil help delay or mitigate the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's? Let's just say there isn't a brain doctor around that recommends against a daily flax supplement, especially in older men and women. Let's take a quick look at this wondrous plant.
The flax seed comes from the flax plant, botanical name "Linum usitatissimum", also known as; "common flax", "linseed", "lint bells", and "winterlien". Flax is classified as an annual herb that grows in the northwestern United States, Canada, and Europe. The plant produces two blue or violet-blue flowers per branch. These flowers turn into the fruits that house the seeds with approximately eight to ten seeds per fruit. The smooth flax seeds are shiny brown and partially flattened on each side. There is also a golden flax seed that a similar flax plant yields. Both the gold and brown flax seeds have similar nutritional values. The amazing thing about flax seeds are their unusually high levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flax seeds consist of approximately fifty-four percent Omega-3 fatty acids and five percent Omega-6 fatty acids making them the best foods in the world to eat for proper fatty acid balancing. The fact that so many studies have found Alzheimer's patients deficient in Omega-3's makes flax a crucial part of one's daily nutritional needs.
Taking one tablespoon of organic flax oil per day or two tablespoons of organic seeds will fulfill this need. If the seeds are used then they must be chewed thoroughly for proper absorption. Grinding flax seeds just before using them is beneficial too, but one should only grind up what they need for the day otherwise the extra ground seeds will quickly lose their nutrients due to oxidation from heat, light, and air. Adding flax to your daily diet is a healthy decision by anyone and should be made mandatory for folks over sixty years of age. Flax seeds also provide additional health benefits due to the high fiber content and other healthful nutrients such as vitamins, lignans, minerals, and more.
Others tips for building an Alzheimer Proof body are to avoid eating anything with aluminum as an ingredient or cooking with any type of aluminum cookware. Recent studies have shown increased levels of aluminum build-up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Avoid all foods and products that contain aluminum. This also includes body hygiene products such as deodorants that contain aluminum additives. Choosing natural made products will address this problem swiftly. Remember to always read the ingredients label thoroughly on all products before making a purchase. Any ingredient that contains the word "aluminum" should be avoided.
A vitamin B supplement should also be considered as an addition the one's daily diet. Multiple studies done over the last decade have revealed low levels of vitamin B12 in patients suffering from Alzheimer's. Interestingly, vitamin B12 requires a unique two step process to be absorbed and digested properly and as people age this two step process can be worn down which results in less and less B12 being absorbed eventually leading to a deficiency. Using a quality B complex supplement may help delay or deter any deficiency. Remember to consult a health expert before beginning any type of exercise or nutritional program.
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