You know we like to call it SUPER FOOD, but dang we might actually be right. Below is one of my favorite infographics and information put together by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI).
The link between seafood and brain health is clear.
Consuming a nutrient-dense diet that includes wild Alaska seafood ensures adequate intake of nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D that can boost brain health. Alaska seafood is also known for its anti-inflammatory and nerve cell protective effects and can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, depression, perinatal depression and anxiety.
SEAFOOD = BRAIN FOOD
EPA and DHA from SEAFOOD help to protect, restore and rebuild the brain.
- Reduced Inflammation:
EPA & DHA reduces small proteins in the brain that promote inflammation and are associated with depression, Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline.
- Perinatal Depression:
Research has shown a clear link between low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and increased rates of post-partum depression. Every 1% increase in DHA in the blood is associated with a 59% reduction of depressive symptoms in pregnant mothers.
- Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia:
Increased levels of EPA & DHA in the blood are proven to decrease one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Brain Growth:
Increased levels of EPA & DHA in the blood are associated with increases in gray matter, brain volume and improved cognition. As the dominant fatty acid in the brain, DHA, has the ability to turn on the growth of new brain cells and can protect and enhance the function of the existing ones.
- Preserving Brain Function:
Vitamin D plays a neuroprotective role. Low levels of Vitamin D are often associated with symptoms of depression, anxiety, mental health disorders and cognitive decline.