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I think almost every one of us has a family member or friend that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It’s a terrible disease that just breaks my heart when I hear that a relative or friend’s relative has. I want to do everything I can to help prevent me or my own immediate family from getting later on in life. Besides the common sense things like exercising our bodies and minds, along with a good diet, a recent study shows that eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help lower our risks of Alzheimer’s disease. The research was recently published in the May 2, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are fish, chicken and nuts. More specifically, flax seeds, walnuts and soybeans are the most omega-3 rich seeds and nuts. While salmon, sardines, scallops, halibut, shrimp and tuna are the most omega-3 rich fish and seafood. Tofu and chicken are also great sources.
If you want to just add a supplement to your diet, fish or flax seed oil is the easiest way to get more omega-3′s in your diet. I find for my family, fish oil is the most economical. Our whole family takes them, even our dog. They even make fish oil chewy gummies, perfect for younger family members.
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