How to feed your brain
Did you know your brain is roughly 65% fat? But, not just any fat. It’s made of healthy fats called DHA which are found largely in wild caught Salmon. In fact, the brain thrives on a diet higher in healthy fats and lower in processed carbohydrates and sugars. By switching the brain’s source of energy to ketones (made from a higher fat diet) as opposed to glucose allows for better cognitive function and focus long term. This is known as a Ketogenic Diet. Processed or man-made fats are not healthy for the brain. So what are good fats?
Brain healthy foods
- Coconut oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil
- Nuts, such as almonds or pistachios, ideally raw and unroasted
- Wild caught salmon
- Sardines and Mackerel
- MCT oils (medium chain triglycerides)
Omega 3 fish oil supplementation
It can be very difficult for most to eat the necessary amount of wild caught fish each week (4-5 meals a week) for optimal brain function. Yet others can’t stand the taste of fish. Taking a well-researched Omega 3 fish oil daily, high in the active ingredients EPA and DHA, is important.
Dr. Ernesto Medina and many of his patients take Apex Energetics’ OmegaCo3 fish oil on a daily basis. Apex offers pharmaceutical grade supplements at the highest purity, and is not available for purchase through retail stores. Only through a licensed health care provider can you purchase Apex products.
*Did you know most over-the-counter fish oil supplements only contain about ½ a gram or less of both EPA and DHA?
What’s the daily dose of Omega 3 fish oil?
The daily therapeutic dosage is between 3-5 grams, if you want to receive the maximum benefits from taking a fish oil supplement. Even Costco’s Kirkland brand (don’t get us wrong, we love their organic foods section) only suggests taking 1 pill a day—which equals only 400 mg of EPA and 274 mg of DHA—which is not the most effective dosage for a healthy brain. You should also consider the purity and packaging of your fish oils.
Will fish oil rot?
Highly concentrated fish oils should be kept in a dark bottle and in the refrigerator to avoid oxidizing and rotting while in storage. This happens very often.
If you are experiencing fishy burps after taking your fish oil, that most likely means your fish oil supplement is rancid and no good.
How else does fish oil help your body?
An added benefit to Omega 3 fish oil is that it can help reduce inflammation in the body, which can help reduce pain. Omega 3s have been found to be very heart healthy as well, and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease taken at the therapeutic dosages mentioned above.
*You can contact Dr. Medina to learn more about Apex Energetics’ OmegaCo3 fish oil supplement, and find the right dosage for you.