Mental health conditions can be manifested for a number of reasons but there’s no denying the link between mental health & nutrition.
Here is Sano co-founder @themedicinalchef on the importance of dietary fat for brain health: 'The human brain is almost 60% fat. This fat is completely functional & has a vital role. The fatty element of our brain needs constant maintenance as it is susceptible to damage from normal metabolic processes & must be constantly replaced & rebuilt.
To carry out this continual maintenance the body needs an adequate supply of the right types of fats. This is where things start to go pear-shaped in the modern world. Our fat intake has changed for the worse & our fear of saturated fat is what has caused the problem.
We’ve been warned of the dangers of saturated fat & encouraged to opt for ‘heart-healthy’ fats such as veg oils & margarines. These oils contain a very high proportion of fatty acids known as omega 6 fatty acids. Now, these are essential fatty acids, meaning our body can’t manufacture them & needs to get them from the diet. The problem is, we only need a very small amount of them, any excess is metabolised in a different way to form compounds that can worsen inflammation.
The shift in dietary fat intake in the last decades has meant that in the UK we take in almost 23x more omega 6 fatty acids than we need per day! The important point is, if we are consuming that much omega 6, then we won’t be consuming anywhere near enough omega 3: the most vital fats for the brain. Add to this the fact that omega 3 & 6 are both processed by the same systems: The more 6 is there, the more competition there is with 3 for the systems that process them. So, our intake of these fats really needs reviewing. I would encourage everyone to reduce their intake of omega 6 & increase their omega 3 intake, not just for the health of the brain but also for many other aspects of health, especially that of the cardiovascular system, too. Reducing omega 6 & increasing omega 3 delivers numerous health benefits & is one of my top tips for better nutrition'. Best sources of omega 3: sardines, mackerel, salmon, spirulina @quadrillebooks #sano #nutritionrevolution