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As we age, we may notice our minds start to slip on occasion. It’s common to notice subtle or gradual changes in memory, perception, thinking, problem solving, and judgment. Fortunately, leading experts no longer believe this decline is an inevitable part of life. Your brain is hard-wired to change.
Changing your lifestyle habits can influence how your brain ages. There are easy steps you can take now to protect memory and other vital mental functions. You can help delay or prevent mental decline by addressing controllable lifestyle factors—like quitting smoking, getting some regular exercise, cutting down on the booze, losing weight, and managing your blood sugar. A healthy diet and targeted nutrition have also demonstrated brain health benefits.
A large body of scientific evidence supports fish oils for maintaining health. Two of the most important omega-3 essential fatty acids—eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—are often recommended in combination to complement a healthy diet and support general cardiovascular health, immune system health, bone health, and healthy nervous system function. The EPA portion of Omega three has been shown to be very effective in maintaining bone health and heart health while the DHA component of Omega 3 is associated specifically with mental sharpness.
Get even more targeted support for healthy aging with DHA. DHA helps support the normal, healthy development of the brain, eyes, and nerves, which is why it's recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers and children. DHA is also the most prominent essential fatty acid in the brain—by many thousands of times over EPA. So it's no surprise that preliminary evidence suggests that higher levels of DHA (but not EPA) are associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Related research suggests that DHA supplementation may help maintain healthy cognitive function in aging adults.
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