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Food for the brain

Our cell membranes are made of fatty acids, phospholipids, cholesterol, saturated fats and protein. Fats are one of the most important nutrients for brain health.

Nutrients are very important for brain health and the most important one is omega3. Our brains are predominately made out of fat and when we don't eat enough good fats, we can't support that brain health. Consuming the right nutrients work better than taking traditional medication because they are part of our brain's natural raw materials and without suffering the side effects.

In the 60's, 70's and 80's we became "fat phobic", low fat consumers, and became high carb people leaving the good fats out of our diet. Americans fear for fat traces from 1976 when Sen George McGovern called an urgent hearing to raise attention to the link between saturated fat and high LDL cholesterol based on few scientific studies. In 1977 the USDA released its first dietary guidance warning Americans against the consumption of fats and emphasizing the consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy products. Ironically, during this time, the obesity epidemic began due to the increase intake of grains and sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup.

Now, thanks to multiple scientific research, we know that not only fat does not make you fat but it contributes to numerous health benefits. Since 1990 Dr. John Ratey, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has been using healthy fats, specifically, omega3 fatty acids for treating anxiety, ADD, autism, mood and bipolar patterns. In addition, omega3 are great for the heart, skin, bones, for lowering inflammation, preventing strokes and aritmias, treating arthritis, diabetes type 2 and obesity.

So don't be afraid to eat your healthy fats. You can find them in sardines, herring, wild salmon, mackerel, anchovies, organ meets, nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, fish oil, coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, hempseed oil, olives, eggs, avocados... just to name a few.

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