Reverse Brain Aging with This Nutrient Duo

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

It’s no secret that aging can really take a toll on your brain.

And sometimes quickly — it seems like overnight you can go from remembering the name of your first-grade teacher to barely remembering your own address.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Because researchers from the University of Illinois have just found that two super nutrients can help shield your brain from the effects of aging.

And getting enough of these nutrients can be the key to preserving your memory – and your independence – throughout your golden years.

I’m talking about omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

For years, scientists have known that these fatty acids play a key role in your heart health.

More recently, researchers wanted to see what kind of effect this powerful duo has on the aging brain.

In two different studies, scientists examined the relationship between blood levels of omega-3 fatty acid and cognitive decline. They focused on the frontal parietal network, a part of the brain that’s vital to cognitive function and often declines prematurely.

In both studies, they looked for fatty acid patterns in the blood of adults ages 65–75. Next, they compared these levels with the participants’ cognitive abilities and brain structures.

And what they found was amazing…

Folks with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, including their precursors like alpha-linolenic acid and stearidonic acid, had larger frontoparietal cortices and better scores on cognitive tests.

But the good news doesn’t stop there…

The second study also showed that folks with balanced blood levels of both omega-3 and omega-6 had larger fornixes, a cluster of nerve fibers that are vital for memory.

In short, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids slow aging in parts of the brain key to memory and cognitive function.

Researchers believe these fatty acids are so effective because they strengthen important brain structures that are greatly affected by aging and disease.

Results like these make getting a balanced amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids a real no-brainer!

You can get omega-3s, alpha-linolenic acid and stearidonic acid through foods like nuts and certain fish like salmon and tuna. And foods like poultry, eggs and nuts contain omega-6 fatty acids.

But your best bet is to take a fatty acid supplement that contains both omega-3s and omega-6s to ensure you’re getting a balanced amount. You can find these supplements at

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: – and click here to like us on Facebook.


[1] Healthy brain aging linked to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood

[2] Omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids linked to healthy brain aging

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

View More Free Articles

Grow a BIGGER Brain with One Simple Move

Okay, I’ll admit I may have been accused of being a fathead a few times in my life. But I’ve got a secret. It doesn’t bother me one little bit. In fact, I take it as a compliment. After all, having a bigger brain is a GOOD thing, especially as we age. And now scientists...

Read This

Overlooked fatty acid SLASHES deaths and hospitalizations

I’ve sung the praises of omega-3 fatty acids many times here in Living Well Daily. I’ve encouraged you to be sure you’re getting enough of the omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) by eating plenty of cold-water fatty fish and taking supplements when needed. And there’s a good reason for that. EPA and...

Read This

How Much Sleep DO You Need A Night? [STUDY]

I’m sure you know that getting enough sleep is good for you. But what does that mean, exactly? It’s always been hard to get a straight answer. Until now, that is. Thanks to new research we have an answer to that question. The newly published 25-year study compares the sleep habits of over 7,000 men...

Read This

MAILBAG: Is the Flu Shot RIGHT for YOU?

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, “Along with COVID, I’m worried about getting the flu this year. What do you recommend for avoiding the flu? The flu shot?” – Mike from Park City, UT Hi Mike, I’ll be honest. The flu vaccine COULD have a better long-term track record. According to the Centers for Disease Control...

Read This

Dangerous Vitamin Deficiency Sends Folks to An Early GRAVE

If you’ve been a loyal reader for a while now you’re probably already taking steps to ensure your health is in tip-top shape. You do your best to eat well… You stay hydrated… You, hopefully, get in some regular exercise… And maybe you even take a multivitamin… While I would certainly give you an A...

Read This

EASY 2-Minute Trick Fights Aging from Head to Toe

Healthy aging boils down to one surprising thing: your muscles. I know that may sound strange at first. But hear me out. Maintaining strong and healthy muscles is the first step to keeping a healthy body and sharp mind well into your golden years. After all, sturdy muscles are required to fight off frailty and...

Read This

Don’t Let Sickening BACTERIA Bungle Your Holiday Plans!

They say cleanliness is next to godliness. Now, I don’t know about that. But, I DO know that when it comes to your kitchen, cleanliness is absolutely VITAL. The trouble is, even the cleanest of kitchens can harbor some sickening hidden secrets. And new research just revealed one of the most surprising culprits. Trust me,...

Read This

Cold, flu, or COVID? EASY ways to spot the difference

Does developing a sniffle, sneeze, or cough practically cause you to panic these days? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us feel the same way. Gone are the “good old days” when you only had to worry if you were coming down with a cold or the flu. And, let’s be honest, we didn’t...

Read This

3 -Minute Countdown Method DEFEATS Diabetes

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Make a cup of tea. Read a couple of pages in a book. Watch a silly cat video. There are a bunch of things you can do in three minutes. And now scientists say defeating diabetes could be one of them. If you’re struggling with blood sugar control, your doctor...

Read This

MAILBAG: Battling Bubbly Guts? Try THIS

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, “I hate that I can no longer just eat whatever I want. I either seem to have indigestion, bloating, or gas. I’m always taking antacids. It’s miserable and frustrating — what else can I do besides only eating potatoes?” –– Carl, from Lincoln, NE Hi Carl, Let’s start with the...

Read This