We are All “Fat Heads”


The brain is made up of 60% fat…. Add to that, the coating that protects our nerve fibers (axons) that are a crucial part of the brain’s communication system called myelin, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myelin) is 70% fat! Adequate intake of certain essential fatty acids for adults boosts memory and concentration, and is crucial for infants to support brain development.

So…. We need essential fatty acids — omega 3 DHA and EPA, and omega 6 — to maintain optimal brain health. The body does not make anywhere near the required amount on its own and we must get these essential fatty acids to think well.

Some common good sources of essential fatty acids are cold water fish (salmon, herring, tuna, and sardines). Eggs are also a great source of DHA/EPA. Vegetarians can incorporate plant-based DHA sources such as walnuts, flax seeds and cauliflower into their diets. Omega 3 DHA/EPA, can also be found in seaweed and algae while omega 6 comes from chia, hemp, and flax seeds (and their oils) and walnuts. You can also get omega 3s from fortified foods like milk, yogurt, and bread.

How about a nontraditional suggestion? Let’s talk seaweed. You can check out the types of seaweed and some uses on Oprah Winfrey’s site. http://www.oprah.com/food/Seaweed-Varieties-and-Cooking-Tips-Aine-McAteers-Blog/2

Here is a recipe taken, word for word, photographs and all, from the George Mateljan Foundation for the World’s Healthiest Foods’ website. This recipe uses dulse seaweed, commonly found in Asian grocers. Check out this incredible site for more intensely healthy recipes!

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