Too much omega-3 deficiency puts your brain at risk!

A large majority of the population does not seem to be completely aware of the important links between food, health and disease and must quickly learn to meet their nutritional needs, while forging their health capital. Therefore, the lack of omega-3 can make the individual susceptible to contracting neurodegenerative problems, and awareness in these situations is the first step towards becoming aware of the invisible dangers.

According to the explanations of Dr Hafid Halhol, nutritionist and founding president of Nutrileading, “Omega-3 deficiency is overlooked globally, yet the consequences can be devastating to health, including the brain. Omega-3 fats are called “essential” because your body cannot make them. You must therefore find them in your diet.”.

The nutrition and health specialist points out that “the omega-3 family is vital for health. It is composed of three members named respectively, ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which you can find in linseed, rapeseed, walnut seeds and oils… DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), which you will find in foods such as salmon, mackerel, herring and other oily fish…”. He also adds that “omega-3s are part of the composition of the brain, they participate in the formation of neuron membranes”.

For the nutritionist doctor, for a brain that lacks omega-3s can face 4 big threats. The first comes in the form of a decline in the integrity and functioning of the brain explaining that it “seems to be linked to a drop in omega-3 concentration, in particular DHA”. He gives the example of patients with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, adding that they “show a loss of DHA in the membranes of their brain cells”.

The second threat is what Dr. Halhol calls cognitive decline, which corresponds to the reduction in the concentration of the DHA component of omega-3 in the brain, thus causing an alteration of one or more functions and which we find often in the elderly, for example. “A brain can be completely devastated by a chronic deficit of essential nutrients like omega-3 fats,” he says.

Then comes the threat of impaired memory and learning. The lack of this component deteriorates memory and especially affects learning. It can in particular generate neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, clarifies the specialist. He continues that in terms of the latest threat, Omega-3 deficiency can cause depression, “llow omega-3 consumers have a 54% higher risk of depression than high consumers”.

It states that according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “an intake of 400 mg of omega-3 per day would significantly reduce the risk of depression”, and explains that “ researchers have noticed that some depressed people have an omega-3 deficiency, and that by correcting these deficiencies, their mental state improves“.

However, this omega-3 deficiency also threatens cardiovascular integrity, ” Omega-3, ALA, EPA, and DHA are all three cardiovascular protectors with different positive effects“, adds the expert, dissecting that they “ make the blood fluid, preventing the formation of a blood clot called thrombosis, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and act as an anti-inflammatory, preventing the inflammation of the arteries which can lead to atherosclerosis or stroke for example“.

For Dr. Halol, the issue is neurological, “No omega-3, no fast neurons”. According to the health specialist, the aim of raising awareness of such dangers is to “create awareness, enabling people to make the link between diet, health and disease”.

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