The Men in My Life
An Hour of Panic


DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is present in many of our organs, including our brains. DHA supplements are said to be helpful in preventing dementia, something that we 70-somethings worry about.  Actually, my much younger colleagues will often have “senior” moments when they can’t recall a name.  But they don’t worry about them the way we do.

Although forgetfulness has not been a problem for me so far, I am willing to take some preventative measures.  My daughter-in-law Katrina had heard that DHA supplements are helpful. I thought I’d give them a try.

When I made my shopping list a few days later, I couldn’t remember its name. I had to call Katrina on the way to the store.

The irony of “forgetting” the name of the cure for forgetting did not escape me. 

I hope to remember to take it.


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Happy new year Judy! This has to be one of the funniest blog entries of yours. But fabulous no less.

Liz Drahman

This is the advice I received from a science writer whom I trust. Her recommendations corroborate with that of my internist: For a top quality fish oil that's very concentrated (so smaller than the usual horse softgel) and easy on the digestion, I'd recommend Cardio3 by Minami, 1/day. Carlson's B-50 complex is particularly good (1/day). And I recommend LifeExtension's vitamin D 5000 IU. and have excellent discounted prices, except that vitacost doesn't have that version of Minami's fish oils. But iHerb does.

Your mother should also be taking CoQ10 daily. It's essential for cellular energy production, and we make less and less of it as we age. Anyone on a statin has low levels because inhibiting cholesterol production also inhibits CoQ10 production. (Some people experience muscle and joint aches and pains because of that; some experience cognitive effects. It's reversible when you stop the statin, and some people are helped significantly by taking CoQ10.) Super QNol from Solanova is the most bioavailable and potent, and they have the best price I've found for this product. Your mother should take 2/day, split morning and evening.

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