Ageing and memory loss seem to go together
You get older, your memory gets worse. Just about everyone notices it. But do aging and memory loss really have to go together? Is memory loss inevitable as you age?
However aging and memory loss needn’t necessarily go together. I know someone who is over 100 years old who has cognitive faculties and a memory as sharp as a tack.
Memory loss with age is probably genetically determined. However there are lots of conditions which are genetically determined which are also dramatically affected by other factors. It seems from recent research that memory loss may be one of these.
A recent study discussed recently at the American Academy of Neurology’s Honolulu meeting considered research done at the University of California in San Francisco.
The research was designed to investigate how inflammation in the brain could impact on the onset of age-related memory loss.
Inflammation just means swelling, and inflammation is at the root of so many health conditions that affect so many of us, particularly lifestyle conditions. And as science moves forward more and more researchers are beginning to link inflammation with more and more health complaints.
A clinical professor of neuropsychology from the University of California found in a study that older people with higher levels of inflammation were found to have poorer levels of memory.
The study examined a group of older people with an average age of over 70, and these people were tested for inflammation in the brain as well as their ability to remember a range of words.
The results demonstrated that those who had more inflammation in the brain also exhibited a lower level of memory.
What does all this have to do with fish you may ask? The oil found in fish contains the Omega 3 essential fatty acids. The Omega 3 fats, particularly DHA and EPA, the most important of the Omega 3 fats, are extremely effective anti-inflammatories.
And research is showing that it is this anti-inflammatory effect, amongst others, that makes the Omega 3 fats so essential to the correct operation of our body. The Omega3 fats are more effective as anti-inflammatories than some anti-inflammatory drugs.
And here’s the rub. The only way to get more Omega 3 fats in your body is to get more in your diet, because the only way they get in your body is through what you eat. If you don’t eat foods with enough essential fatty acids in them you won’t be getting enough, there is no other way.
Fish is by far the best known source of the Omega3 fats, but unfortunately fish is expensive and, as is being more and more understood, also contaminated to a degree by industrial toxins.
If you eat more fish you will increase your intake of the essential fatty acids. Changes in our dietary habits over the last century have resulted in a significant decline in the amount of fish in our diet, and there is clear evidence that virtually all of us are now deficient in the Omega3 fats.
The best fish is oily fish. Even better is to take quality Omega 3 supplements, the best of which are quite free from contamination and are much more cost effective to take daily.
There is no guarantee that if you increase your intake of the essential fatty acids you’ll have a perfect memory right up to the age of 100. Like all these things there are other contributing factors. However it seems clear that there are so many other health benefits from increasing your intake of the Omega 3 fatty acids that you should be doing so regardless, for your general health.
One of the most important things about staying healthy is to be proactive. Eat a better diet, exercise more, don’t smoke and so on. You know what you should be doing.
One to add to the list, that is simple, not that expensive and effort free, is taking Omega 3 supplements every day, and eating more fish.
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