Did you know that people who eat more cold-water fish reduce their risk of cognitive decline and dementia?
Yep, it’s true!
In fact, there is an amazing study, “DHA May Prevent Age-Related Dementia“, on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website.
According to the study, fish oil and DHA
Fish oil/DHA appears to be efficacious against AD with multiple pleiotropic activities in preclinical models and with some initial success in clinical trials with early (pre-AD) intervention. Larger trials in minimally cognitively impaired patients are warranted. The major advantages with DHA and related combined nutritional approaches with DHA and natural antioxidant (lipoate), polyphenolic (curcumin), or similar interventions are that individually these approaches have safety and side effect track records, broad-spectrum utility in preclinical models, and low cost. There is a real opportunity to use them for prevention.Cole, G. & Frautschy, S.”DHA May Prevent Age-Related Dementia”, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. April 2010.
How Does Salmon Boost Brain Health?
The reason salmon and other cold-water fish boost brain health is that it contains high levels of docosahexaeonic acid (DHA).
DHA is a very brain-friendly fatty acid.
In addition, fatty fish is also one few food sources of natural vitamin D.
Vitamin D has many functions, including:
- proper brain function
- nerve protection
- bone, teeth, and muscle health
Many people suffer low blood levels of vitamin D.
And, unfortunately, studies show a relationship between low vitamin D levels and dementia.
If you don’t like fish, there are other ways to get your DHA.
What if I don’t Like Salmon?
If you don’t like salmon or other coldwater fish, don’t worry!
You can still take advantage of the benefits of DHA with a good supplement.
My favorite is doTERRA xEO Mega.
xEO Mega delivers 900 mg of pure, concentrated, molecularly filtered fish oil with 300 mg of EPA and 300 mg of DHA per daily serving, and 70 mg of other omega-3s
Quick & Easy Salmon
Below is a quick and easy recipe so you can start incorporating salmon into your meal plan right away!
To make Quick & Easy Salmon, you’ll need:
- 1 pound salmon fillet or 4 quarter-pound fillets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed oregano
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- Preheat your oven to 450.
- Wash the salmon and pat it dry.
- Place the salmon skin-down on a baking sheet.
- Sprinkle the salmon with fresh ground pepper.
- In a small bowl, mix the olive oil with the oregano, then brush onto the salmon.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the salmon is flaky.
- Serve with lemon wedges.
I hope you enjoy the recipe!