Longevity is so much more than just our visible physical health. We can look amazing as we age, but that means very little when compared to how we feel and function. And while heart, joint, and digestive health have become focal points in the media when discussing the aging body, it is the aging brain that should attract more attention.
Indeed, as it ages, the brain does so quietly and with great subtlety. Most signs of typical cognitive aging can be written off as one-time events or mistakes. The classic misplaced keys come to mind. Other issues such as changes in mood, sleep patterns, coordination and/or concentration are also easily dismissed instead of associating them with the aging process. Because we cannot see the brain, or hold it in our hands and assess it, we only have the subjective nature of human behavior to provide us clues. We cannot see it age as we do the rest of the body and, therefore, it can be ignored.
So how does the brain age?
Much like the rest of the body, basic function is affected. Neuron function and neurotransmitter levels shift, affecting the speed of communication between neurons. Changes in the blood vessels throughout the brain occur as well, altering blood flow, and therefore oxygen delivery. In addition to this natural aging process, there is also a lifetime of experiences to consider. Just like any other organ or body part, the brain can be stressed by lifestyle choices and environmental factors.
What can I do about it?
The use of marine-sourced omega 3 fatty acids to support cognitive health and function is nothing new. People have used fish oil for more than one hundred years to support their overall well-being. However, increased scientific interest has provided new information on how this substance supports overall health, and more specifically, brain health.*
A study published by Neurology in January of 2014 examined the correlation between the intake of marine omega-3 fatty acids (like those found in krill oil) and brain size. The study included 1,111 postmenopausal women and accounted for differences in demographics, hormone therapy, cardiovascular health factors, time since randomization, and intracranial volume. The study lasted eight years and concluded that the intake of omega-3 may help support brain mass during the normal ageing process. The study went on to suggest that this encouraging information should lead to further studies.
This is exciting new information into understanding how the brain ages. It underlines the fact that the intake of Omega-3 from marine sources, such as krill oil, helps support brain health not only in the early and peak years of life, but also in later years.
Let’s face it, aging is a natural part of life and with the right combination of diet, exercise, and supplements such as Omega-3, we can improve our quality of life! *
About the author
Serving as Sales Director, Jacqueline Khayat’s role includes expanding distribution for Neptune’s line of products and ingredients. Jackie has extensive and relevant education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Montreal University and obtaining a Graduate Degree in Business and Management from renowned HEC Montreal. As a Dietitian, she taps into her extensive knowledge of nutrition to help educate the market about omega-3 krill oil benefits and our line of products including OCEANO3: Neptune’s consumer branded krill oil, exclusively offered through its website oceano3.com in Canada and the US.
Jackie also enjoys a healthy lifestyle, great food and travelling. You can follow her on Twitter for daily health related tips: @jkhayat23