887. Omega-3 and Brain Health


Over the years, Dr. Martin has found that people suffering from depression were low in vitamin D, B12, magnesium, and omega-3. A recent study agrees with that and has shown how omega-3 is especially good for improving symptoms of depression.

There are different types of omega-3s, but the most effective one is DHA. In fact, our brains are made up mostly of DHA. That’s why it’s important to consume healthy fats like steak and fish.

Join Dr. Martin as he shares the 5 reasons this study found why omega-3 is good for brain health!


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Dr. Martin: Well, good morning, everyone. Welcome to another live this morning. Good to have you on with us this morning as usual, we appreciate it. Yesterday we talked about depression, right? I sort of gave you the etiology of depression, right? Like why we looked into what was more my clinical experience. But it was interesting because yesterday this came out in a journal omega3 in the brain and omega3 and depression. I was telling you that one of the things that I found over the years is that people were low in vitamin D. People were low in B12. People were low in magnesium and people were low in omega three things that I used to see clinically. And this study is saying that's absolutely true. Omega three improves depression symptoms. I love Omega3. It's really important to understand this really, really important to understand this, the omega3 that I'm talking about, the omega3 that this study is talking about is not found in the plant kingdom. It's not there. 

Now plants have oil and they can have omega three like hemp, but it's not EPA nor is a DHA. And for those who follow us here, I'm a big, big guy on people calling me Fathead. I like that. I take it as a compliment because when you analyze brain fat, you realize that it's made up mostly of DHA. Your brain is fat. So it's important to consume healthy fat study after study, after study confirms this. So when you eat a grass fed steak, you're gonna get more omega three DHA than even fish. And I love fish in a capsule. For those of you who love fish. Fish is so good for you. It is because it provides DHA and EPA, but especially DHA. And here's what they found. Okay. Now I'm gonna bring you five things that omega3, here's what they found for the brain. 

What every cardiologist would know that omega three is good for your heart. Isn't it funny that cardiologists will, they might not tell you because they take it. They take fish oil. They don't often tell their patients. They should, but they take it. Cause if they've done any reading at all, even in mainstream medicine, they agree. Omega three is good for your heart. Even people that tout the Mediterranean diet will tell you, well, it's because of oil. They eat fish. Yeah. Good. It's good for your heart. But folks it's, in my opinion, even better for your brain, it's even better for your brain. Now, this study looked at five things. One of them was depression and the higher the levels of DHA in your bloodstream, in your tissue, the higher the levels are the better outcome for your brain. And one of them was on depression, higher the DHA, the less symptoms of depression. Here's what they say. Improve mood, improve sleep. In terms of depressive symptoms, the mood was better. And this was brought to you by the American medical journal, better results in depression.

So people that are depressive, they don't have enough fat in their brain. They're low in fat. But when it comes to your body and your brain guys, you need DHA. So eat it. And for me, because I used it so much in my office, I love a high, high DHA. I'm big on that five ways. This study says five ways. Five things improve in your brain when you're taking omega3, especially the DHA. Okay? We already talked about one that's depression, better. The outcomes of depression are better. You know, wouldn't it be nice if when a patient is depressive, wouldn't it be nice down the road where medicine would look at deficiencies and start treating deficiencies? Instead of everybody gets the same. Anti-depressants I'll tell you. There's a lot of negative ink out there on antidepressants meant to be taken short term and really the outcomes haven't been good. 

You know, you look at medication over a long period of time and you know what they're finding out. We really haven't been that successful. We're really not making a dent, but because medicine is so entrenched in the pharmaceutical industry, it's hard to get anyone to think outside the box. So when you get a physician that understands the importance of omega three, they're usually thinking of heart, not the brain, but this study is showing. It is very effective in depression, in treating depression. So folks, you know, someone that's depressed in the family in friends tell 'em this, okay. Five ways. Here's what the study said. Hi DHA, is effective in all. Cause mortality. It reduces all cause mortality by 14%. Well, makes sense. Doesn't it. If it's good for your heart, I won't go into a lot of detail, but let me just give you a couple of things. 

You know what DHA does, omega three, it lowers your triglycerides. Now they didn't even say this in the study, but that's a fact it lowers your triglycerides and that's good for you. That's good for your heart. But they're saying the reason that omega three is good for your heart in this study is because they're showing it to lower inflammation, right? And we know that inflammation, first of all is not Houdini. You just don't have inflammation for the sake of inflammation. Inflammation comes from somewhere. The number one cause of inflammation causing heart problems is from food. It's bad, crappy food, insulin and insulin resistance increases your inflammation in the body, which can be very detrimental to your heart and your brain inflammation. Isn't the root, but it's certainly a major factor when it comes to any kind of chronic disorder. That's why I like to look at people's C reactive protein. It's the best marker of inflammation. So vitamin D too, you know, vitamin D is a hormone by the way. And it's a biomarker. I love to look at vitamin D levels. Cuz if you got low levels of vitamin D, you have an inflammatory response. Vitamin D is very anti-inflammatory Viderma. Get in the sun, 10, 15, 20 minutes. That's all you need. 

Okay. Higher. The rate of omega3 the overall reduction in all cause mortality by 14%. Good for everything. Here's another one. Okay. So improve depressive symptoms. Number one, number two, all cause mortality. According to this study, three, it protects against neuro toxins. Here's what they see. Okay. And this study was kind of interesting to look at. When you have neurotoxins in the brain, how do neurotoxins get into your brain? They cross the blood brain barrier, your blood brain barrier and your blood gut barrier are very significant. You know what leaky gut is when the barrier has been compromised, either through a bad diet, high sugar antibiotics, one of the major culprits in creating leaky gut and remember leaky gut leaky brain, because what gets into the bloodstream that don't belong there. 

Yeast doesn't belong in your bloodstream. Garbage doesn't belong in your bloodstream. You have a barrier it's called your blood gut barrier. All this stuff years ago was what we didn't understand it. Compared to what we know today. We didn't understand the microbiome, the bacteria that saves your life. My friend, the bacteria that saves your life, quit over cleaning. Oh, I hate that. I hate that. All these sprays and all these, oh, you go to a restaurant today and you're in a toxic soup. Cause everybody's got germ phobia. I've never seen anything like it. And I feel like screaming out, you know, will you stop? 

Don't worry about the virus. Worry about cancer from all these neurotoxins. You're taking a bath in that stuff. Oh, you need bacteria. Don't wipe it out. It's on your side. But when the microbiome gets affected, like I said, number one, cause is antibiotics. Last week we talked about the upper GI. When you don't have enough acid in your stomach, you're not breaking food down properly. You're not killing bad guys that are coming into your body through your upper GI leaky gut. Then what gets compromised? 

The blood brain barrier, neurotoxins travel in the bloodstream. We're surrounded by neurotoxins today. All the chemicals, all the chemical cleaners pollution in the air, in the oceans, plastic from the top of Mount Everest to the placenta. What did they say? 80% of us in our urine. We have Roundup. 80% of us have Roundup in our urine. Holy moly. That ought scare the life out of us. That's why I try and get people to have a good microbiome because there's nothing that will protect you from toxins. Like your microbiome friendly bacteria. They're on your side. Why do you think I'm so big on probiotics? Okay. That was a little rabbit trail. Now I'm back. Cuz we're talking about omega three, specifically the DHA. 

What does it do? It helps to protect against neurotoxins. Cause if neurotoxins come in to the brain, you know what they do. They shrink your white matter in your brain. You got gray matter and white matter. And it matters what your matter is. And you know what toxins do. They shrink the brain. They shrink it. That's not good. Remember I wanna be called fat head, not skinny head. I don't want my brain to shrink like go on YouTube or whatever. You can look at videos of autopsies and the brain that shrinks in Alzheimer's and dementia. Neurotoxins have an effect on that. If you don't have a good blood gut barrier and if you don't have a good blood brain barrier guys, this is microscopic. You have a halo around your head. You don't see it. It's not cuz you're a Saint. Okay? It's not cuz you're a Saint. It's your protection of your brain. You got a blood brain barrier, but not if you don't have a good microbiome, cuz that's what your blood brain barriers made up of. It'll keep the toxins out. But if you get toxins in what they're showing is that omega3 helps the brain from shrinking. 

It's very good against neuro toxins. Okay. So I talked to you about all caused mortality. I talked to you about depression. I've talked to you about neurotoxins. Here's another one better stroke outcomes. This is according to the study. If you're on omega three, eating it or supplementing or both your outcomes for strokes are better, less damage, more protection. And then of course fifthly memory, better memory people ask me, God, why are you taking DHA? I said, cause I'm old and I want a brain. I do not want my body to outlast my brain. I don't want that. Huh? Doc, I wanna live till I'm 110. Eh, I don't know if you want that or not. Do you not? If you don't have a brain, not if you got Alzheimer's or dementia, do you want that? I don't know anybody that wants that. 

One of the biggest problems in Alzheimer, we've talked about it. When people insist on being carbos, they're usually very, very, very low in omega3 people that insist on being vegetarians. God bless them. Vegans. God bless them. They don't get the right fat. They need an oil change. They need the animal fat. It's all positive. It's all good for you. And your memory needs it. Your memory needs it. Not only your chemistry there and your grid up in your brain, it needs it. Your memory center, the hypo. What guys, you know the answer to this, your hypo-campus hypothalamus needs it. And the iCampus needs it even more. It needs that healthy thought. Guys. It needs that healthy thought. 

Now this study was showing on these five things that are really good for you all cause mortality protection against neurotoxins, depression, better stroke outcomes and better memory outcomes. Guys, you can measure this. You can do the memory test. They're showing that within a couple of months of supplementing, they were using supplement one to six grams of omega3 it's fabulous. The results are astounding. Didn't surprise me cuz I've been talking about this for a long time, but it surprised the journal how effective it was for the things that I just talked to you about one to six grams. 

Now that's not that much like a thousand milligrams. Okay? You look at our capsules like how much DHA? Because I'm big on therapeutic doses. And a lot of studies are done, you know, on vitamins or whatever supplements they do studies and they give you enough for a mouse. You know, I remember talking to researchers and I said, well, you're not using enough of it. You gotta up the dosage. I've been in practice for years. And I gave people therapeutic doses, man, if your memory's not right, you need therapeutic doses. So they were using, this is why they got results. They were using therapeutic doses. And like one gram to me is not even close, but six grams is four to six grams. I like that. And they were shocked. Well, yeah but you didn't use, you know, a small amount, small amounts are for mice, men and women need higher amounts and omega three folks. You're never gonna take too much. Oh I know what happened to me. Why I'm not? Well, I took too much omega three. Uh, no you're gonna take too much. Omega six. That's the world today. People take the wrong oil. 

Omega six, omega six, omega six. It's the wrong oil. What of the reasons we have so much inflammation today? Omega six drives inflammation, omega three lowers inflammation and our ratios arent. I've seen studies 30 to one, omega six over omega three. It's what they cook fast food in. Every time I go buy a fast food joint, I feel like screaming. Stop using that oil. Oh Dr. Martin it's peanut oil. Ooh. It's seed oil. It's good for your car. Not your body and certainly not your brain doing oil, changing your car and use that oil. You need high, high, high omega three. And especially the animal kingdom. Omega three, your brain is made up of replace what? You're losing fat head. I'm teasing. I'm teasing number seriously fat head. 

The importance of omega three studies. Imagine showing even in depression, even in depression, it can be very effective, very effective. So it goes back guys to that diet. I'm telling you food is everything. Eat your steak vitamin as eat your fish. Okay. Interesting study. Right? I think you guys would agree with that. Okay guys, we love you. We'll talk to you soon. 

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