Why is fat important for my mental health?

Video Transcript

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Why is fat important for my mental health?

Fat and not just any kind, is actually very important for your brain health. Your brain is made of approximately 60% of fat. Of this 60%, around 15-20% of the total fat in your brain, ideally would be omega-3’s. This is an important point as most of us simply don’t get enough omega-3’s in our diet. Omega-3’s are involved in supporting our brain cell structure, which is needed for growth, maintenance and repair. If the diet doesn’t have enough omega-3’s, other fats have to take its place. For example, if it is replaced by trans fat, this can increase inflammation, which increases the risk for depression, and poor brain function. Food sources of omega-3 fats are fatty fish like salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel. Other sources of omega-3’s are things like nuts, and avocados. We encourage you to have 2-3 servings of fatty fish per week. If you cannot do this, you may want to talk to a dietitian about supplementation. There are vegan supplements of omega-3’s available in the market.

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The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters

The information included in this recording is correct as of August 30th, 2021