25% of the brain is made up of DHA and the highest source of DHA is found in mother's milk.
Portland, Maine (PRWEB) March 20, 2008
The dramatic increase of neurodegenerative diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to Parkinson's has lead to an emergence of new research for non-drug based solutions that can have an immediate impact on a patient's health.
"What does it mean to have the brain on fire?" is a question posed by nationally recognized neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, FACN. In "The Better Brain Book," Dr. Perlmutter, who is in the forefront of the role diet plays in brain health, discusses how oxidative stress and inflammation in our bodies is a leading contributor to the ever-increasing population of patients suffering from neurodegenerative ailments.
At the recent Integrative Healthcare Symposium in New York, Dr. Perlmutter presented compelling information on the role of dietary docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in combating these diseases of the brain. According to Dr. Perlmutter, "Alzheimer's is preventable...we can change our genetic expression."
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid. It is found in cold-water fatty fish and in fish oil supplements. DHA is also commercially manufactured from microalgae. A working group from the ISSFAL (International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids) recommends 300 mg/day of DHA for pregnant and lactating women, whereas the average consumption was between 45 mg and 115 mg per day of the women in the study.
Dr. Perlmutter emphasized the need for improving the diet of breast-feeding mothers. He states, "25% of the brain is made up of DHA and the highest source of DHA is found in mother's milk." Dr. Perlmutter added, "We are not hatched from eggs, we are dependent upon the health and nutritional status of our mothers."
This month, Integrative Practitioner has launched Dr. Perlmutter's presentation on-line at http://www.integrativepractitioner.com. The online video is available to Integrative Practitioner members. Integrative Practitioner members support Dr. Perlmutter's position; in a March, 2008 poll, 95% of members said fish oil supplementation can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
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