Stress and good fats


Stress and good fats

Most would agree that we live in a stressful world, and it is getting more stressful all the time. A considerable amount of research demonstrates that chronic, unrelieved stress can cause damage to the brain. The mechanism seems to be through a combined effect of two stress hormones--glucocorticoids (steroids) and norepinephrine.

These studies have shown that both hormones can kill brain c ells, especially in the memory areas of the brain (hippocampus). It appears that both hormones trigger exitotoxicity, the same process caused by MSG [monosodium glutamate]. A recent study found that N-3 oils, even in low doses, could suppress the release of norepinephrine. This is also important in hypoglycemia, since the worst symptoms--shakiness, irritability, weakness, and aggression--are all caused by the release of norepinephrine as the blood sugar falls.

Suppression of norepinephrine may be one of the ways DHA prevents brain loss associated with depression as previously discussed. Norepinephrine in excess damages brain cells by forming neurotoxic compounds, free radicals, and lipid peroxidation products.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that can save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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