Mind, Mood and Memory

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, EPA and DHA

The need for correct fats is important for many tissues and organs. All food sources of omega-3 fats are not created equal. Here are the amounts of DHA and EPA, the omega-3 fats backed by the most promising studies, in some foods:   

 Food DHA & EPA     

 (mg)  Atlantic Salmon (6oz) 3,650  

Coho Salmon (6oz) 2,180   

Swordfish (6oz) 1,390 (Dr. Melville does not recommend eating Swordefish, Tile, Tuna or Shark. They accumulate heavy metakls in their meat)   

Bumblebee Salmon(3oz)    

1,200 Sardines in oil (3oz)    

840 Fish Sticks (6) 680    

Shrimp (3oz) 270    

Smart Balance Omega Plus (1Tbsp) 160    

Land-O-Lakes Omega-3 Eggs (1)    

150 Breyers Smart DHA Omega-3 yogurt (6oz) 30    

Horizon Organic DHA Omega-3 Milk (1 cup) 30    

Silk Plus Omega-3 DHA Soy Milk (1 cup) 30  

Center for Science in the Public Interest  

(A great balanced source of the DHA & EPA, along with LA and GLA are necessary for good nutrition)

Diabetes Cases in U.S. Increase by  3 Million  The number of Americans who have diabetes increased to 24 million – up by more than 3 million in about 3 years, according to new data released by the U.S. government. Based on 2007 numbers, nearly 8% of the population has diabetes, mostly the type 2 linked with obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 57 million are believed to have pre-diabetes and are considered at risk for the disease, which can lead to kidney failure, blindness, and heart disease. “I don’t think people understand the health and economic implications of diabetes,” says Martin Abrahamson, medical director of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.  — Mary Brophy Marcus, U.S.A. Today, June 2008   

Check diet and sugar content of patient through the glycemic index. Check insulin output through patient’s physician. Better Sleep Can Boost Memory.  A good night’s sleep not only leaves you feeling rested and energetic the next day – it improves your memory as well, research suggests. Yet, restful sleep eludes many of us. As many as 65% of Americans report frequently having trouble falling or staying asleep, according to the results of a survey released in March by the National Sleep Foundation. In a random telephone poll, 44% of 1,000 people who were contacted reported that they experience sleep problems almost every night.

According to neurologist Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen, MD, MMSc, Director of the Sleep Medicine Program at Mass General Hospital and author of a number of important studies on sleep and memory: “Lack of sleep deprives you of the natural boost that sleep provides to memory functions, and affects other cognitive functions such as attention and decision-making as well.”

It’s not always easy to tell whether you’re getting enough uninterrupted sleep to protect your memory. The following symptoms may be indicators that you may not be getting a good night’s rest:

• Difficult falling asleep

• Snoring or brief halts in breathing while asleep

• Frequent waking and difficult going back to sleep

  • Waking too early
  • Difficulty waking when the alarm clock rings

• Morning fatigue

• Daytime sleepiness

• Falling asleep at inappropriate times

• Difficulty concentrating or functioning because of fatigue

• Needing drugs or alcohol to fall asleep, or caffeine to stay awake

Mind, Mood & Memory 

Use 5HTP or tryptophan or Melatonin



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