Brain Health

Brain Blog: Krill Oil and ADHD Part 5: Test Your ADHD Child

Some resources for diagnosing ADHD

Every child (and adult) with ADHD or ADD is unique. If for most ADHD sufferers it is true that DHA (omega-3) levels are too low, that doesn’t mean it is automatically true for your own kid. So test before and after you start taking or administering omega-3 supplements. Here are some options:

Food Blog: Drinking to Your Health

Looking for a healthy beverage? Have a tea party!

Athletes and consumers who want to live a healthy lifestyle are increasingly reaching out for enhanced waters and sports drinks. A growing body of scientific evidence, however, indicates that old-fashioned beverages — tea and coffee — are the elixirs for nutrition, health and workout recovery.

Brain Blog: Krill Oil and ADHD Part 4: Eat Your Brains

Your brain needs phospholipids

People with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) often have a deficiency in omega-3s and phospholipids. Unfortunately, omega-3 phospholipids can be found in only a few natural sources. The most studied source is cow brain. However, that research came to a crashing halt when, in 1986, mad cow disease broke out in the UK. Now it is no longer a good idea to eat brain or spinal-cord tissue.

Food Blog: Mo-o-ove Over Conventional Milk

Organic Milk in the EU Has More Omega-3

Confused about whether to buy organic milk? Here’s an update that might help you decide.

Brain Blog: Omega-3s as Brain Prophylactics?

Omega-3s may guard against traumatic brain injury

Here at WellWise.org, we’re always on the lookout for good news on the supplement/nutrition front. The latest bit of omega-3 research is encouraging, as well as making us cringe a little.

Brain Blog: Krill Oil and ADHD part 3: Burn, Sugar Burn

ADHD patients need sugar, but the right kind

ADHD and ADD patients are severely limited because they typically run on sugar. And typically, they function well for a few minutes, and then crash when their brains have used up all the glucose (sugar). In my neurofeedback clinic, the objective is to learn new brain patterns and behaviors, but it is frustrating for both patient and therapist when only the first 5-10 minutes of a session can be used optimally.

Brain Blog: Where Can You Find Essential Fatty Acids for Your Brain?

Where do the essential fatty acids come from?

It is not widely known that our brain needs fat. This is part of our confusing history with fat.  We’ve heard for far too many years that fat is bad. This morphed into the maturing realization that certain fats are good, especially specific unsaturated fatty acids. The truth is, we cannot survive without the proper type and the proper amount of fat. In fact, our brains are nearly 60 percent fat, with a great need for saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, cholesterol, and other fats.

Brain Blog: Krill Oil and ADHD: Ideal Brain Food

First feed the brain, and then challenge the brain

I often see patients in my neurofeedback practice who do not have enough brain energy to develop new brain patterns. They quickly burn through their glucose (sugar) and completely lose their productivity during the remainder of the session. This is not only unproductive and costly, but also frustrating for both patient and therapist.

Health Blog: An uphill climb for omega-3 health claims

Government authorities seem tyrannical on health claims

One would think that with the absolute flood of scientific research on omega-3s (as in krill oil, fish oil, chia seed, etc.) confirming their health benefits for dozens of conditions, that it would be fairly obvious that product manufacturers could simply echo these researchers’ findings on their labels. Well, you’d be wrong.

Brain Blog: What happens to Your Brain Without Fatty Acids?

Brain health is profoundly affected by your fatty-acid intake

In one of my books, Brain Building Nutrition, I cited the remarkable case of a young girl who suffered a bullet wound to the abdomen.  Because of extensive damage, she required extensive surgery that caused her to lose parts of her small and large intestines. This meant many months of intravenous feeding to nurture her back to health.

Brain Blog: Krill Oil and ADHD Part 1: Brain Fats Matter

Why fats matter for kids with ADHD

Clinical research from Aker BioMarine shows that children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) who took krill oil for 13 weeks normalized their electrical brain-activity patterns through QEEG brain mapping.  This was somewhat to be expected, because krill oil contains DHA phospholipids, a major bra

Health Blog: Is the FDA Biased Against Supplements?

Ruling on Ovos’ Vivimind could be the litmus test on FDA bias

In 2002, a company formerly called Neurochem (now called Bellus Health) filed an investigational new drug application (IND) with the FDA to study a substance found in some species of kelp, called homotaurine, for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Homotaurine, a substance found in kelp, was given the generic drug designation “tramiprosate.” Bellus then conducted clinical trials through Phase III, providing significant evidence along the way for its safety in humans.

Health Blog: Alzheimer’s Risk Reduced with Fun, Fitness and Omega-3s

Alzheimer’s: want the good news about avoiding it?

Live life as if you are on a Greek vacation.

That is the latest scientific news about how to reduce one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and keep your brain health. The prevalence for developing the disease is growing, as are health problems for family members caring for patients.

Getting down with supplements that help depression

Can supplements affect depression?

What is this mysterious condition called depression?

Health Blog: Can We Blame Weight Gain on the Environment?

Weight gain is on the rise

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the latest studies indicate that, in the past 20 years, overweight and obesity rates have more than doubled for adults and tripled for children.[i] So why the sudden expansion (pun intended)?

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