"Good" Fats for the Brain
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital conducted a study that found saturated fats such as butter and fatty red meat can be harmful to the brain and negatively affect memory and cognition. Contrary to this, out of the 6000 older women who took part in the study, the ones who ate monounsaturated fats including avocado, nuts and olive oil, performed best in cognitive function.
"Good" fats are an essential part of our diet and our brains heavily rely upon them. They help us achieve inner balance and equilibrium due to their omega-3 fatty acids and the nutritional benefits that positively affect our health and wellbeing, including our emotional happiness.
Balance is surely the hallmark of wellbeing, and creating the internal environment for our body's to work optimally is key. Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids encourage cell membrane and fluidity which assists brain cell communication. It also protects the brain from harmful toxins that can negatively impact mood and behaviour.
So next time you find yourself reaching for cake or biscuits, try to replace those bad fats with good fats such as oily fish, eggs and nuts, and protect your brain!