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Why essential fatty acids are important to brain health

Most commonly found in fish, essential fatty acids play an important role in brain health and are the building blocks necessary for your body to function properly.   Many experts discuss the positive impact of these fats on the cardiovascular and immune systems, but essential fatty acids impact neurocognitive health as well.   Essential Fatty Acids and Brain Health Essential Fatty Acids are vital to brain health from conception into old age. The addition of this fat in the diets of pregnant women led to higher IQ and cognitive abilities in infants. It also was found to improve the vision of newborns. But the benefits don’t apply only to pregnancy.   Essential Fatty Acids can slow cognitive decline, improve vision, and are essential to normal brain functioning at any age. A 2018...

Food Sources: Essential Fatty Acids

Food Sources: Essential Fatty Acids Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) cannot be created by the body; they are called “essential” because they must be obtained through the diet.  There are two primary families of essential fatty acids: Omega-6 and Omega-3.   Linoleic acid (LA) and Arachidonic acid (AA) are two common omega-6 fatty acids.  LA is found in most plant oils, and AA is present in meat, poultry, and eggs.  Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are the most common omega-3 fatty acids.  ALA is found in some plant foods and EPA/DHA in fatty fish.   The Adequate Intake (AI) for omega-6 fatty acids are as follows: Females, ages 19-50: 12 grams per day Females, ages 51+: 11 grams per day Females (pregnant, lactating): 13 grams per...