You don't have to be among the alt-health faithful to believe in omega-3 fatty acids anymore. They're so mainstream now that even Big Pharma is selling them.
Don't overpay for their version, but do make sure you get yours from either a steady fish habit or a quality supplement -- because there's barely a part of the body that doesn't need those fatty acids, starting with your brain.
And as the latest research shows, people low in omega-3s tend to have a few lights out in the attic, if you know what I mean.
In one study, researchers measured the blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids in 1,575 dementia-free people with an average age of 67.
At least, they're dementia-free for the moment... because some of them are hurtling down the path towards cognitive decline, and they just so happened to be the ones with the lowest levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
MRIs, along with a host of mental tests, revealed that the people with the highest levels of DHA had more brain volume than those with the lowest. That's critical, because while all our brains shrink as we age, a faster shrink is usually a sign of dementia risk.
It makes sense, since of all the fats in your brain -- and your brain is more fat than anything else -- DHA is the most dominant, so of course less DHA = less brain.
Think size doesn't matter? The people with lowest overall omega-3 levels didn't just have the smallest brains... they had the weakest ones, scoring lower on tests measuring problem solving, multitasking, and abstract thinking.
Throw in the fact that omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent heart attacks, protect your bones, ward off gum disease, improve your vision... and taste great poached, grilled, fried, or baked... and I think you've got a keeper here.