Minding Your Brain

If you haven’t already found Dr. McCleary’s Website, http://www.drmccleary.com/, don’t waste another minute. The brilliant author of The Brain Trust Program has already posted eight not-to-be-missed articles about the care and feeding of your brain. His latest, explains the chicken or the egg conundrum of how we could have developed the kind of intelligence necessary to provide our brains with a nutrient dense diet before we actually had brains capable of the skill and cunning needed to procure such a diet.

Living along the shoreline, where eggs, mollusks, and crustaceans were abundant and easily harvested, would have provided a high-protein, high-fat diet for early humans, according to Dr. McCleary. As I mentioned in the seafood chapter in my book, humans are the only primates who have webbed digits, bearing testimony to our historical stint along the coast of some ancient African sea and providing a clue as to why Omega-3 fats are so essential to our well-being.

The Brain Trust Program should be required reading for those of us who have trouble remembering what we were going to say long enough to finish a sentence or where we parked the car; for anyone who suffers from hot flashes or migraines; in fact, for anyone who has a brain. Dr. McCleary’s easy-to-understand articles on his Website are an additional bonus. Don’t miss a single one.

Here is a quote from Becoming A Brain by Dr. McCleary:

“High energy requirements and the demand for a nutrient dense diet with abundant long-chain omega 3 fatty acids are critical for optimal brain function and act to slow brain aging. The efficiency with which the brain metabolizes glucose declines as we age. If energetic demands are to be successfully met as we age, ketone bodies are an ideal fuel source because they generate energy with lower oxygen use and are delivered to the brain via a different transporter than glucose uses.” http://www.drmccleary.com/2007/12/21/BecomingABrain.aspx

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