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  Fat for the Brain

Fat for the Brain –The wrong sorts of fats can literally lower your intelligence, numb the brain and worsen your mood. And in our job, we don’t need that!  

Keep away from hydrogenated, transfats (e.g. deep fried takeaways) and saturated fats. Look for unprocessed polyunsaturated (essential) fats, these are Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFA’s). Your body will use these fats, don’t worry about the high calories involved, but on the same note moderation is the key. Never use polyunsaturated oils for frying.

 

Omega 3: flaxseeds (linseed), oily fish like salmon or mackerel (no more than three times per week though)

Omega 6: sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and oils – add to breakfast or use as a snack on its own.

Phospholipids ‘intelligent’ fat, proven without a doubt to enhance your mood, mind and mental performance. Egg yolks are a rich source, however, Lecithin is an excellent source and practically a wonder drug as far as cognitive impairment is concerned.

5grams of lecithin per day (tablespoon with breakfast). Don’t worry if you can’t find this as eggs are an easy source.

Note (extra for experts): the media have done a fantastic job of turning ‘fat’ into the bad guys....This is so wrong, don’t be misled. Just keep well away from ‘trans-fats’, made in a lab to add taste and more importantly ensure products have a prolonged shelf life! Plastifying foods, our body has no idea how to process trans-fats and arguably one of the major causes of cancers and tumours. For more information go to www.mercola.com