Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Increasingly more evidence is being released about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. In particular, one study published in the journal Neurology reports that the essential fatty acid may lower an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative neurological disease in which patients have difficulty with language, perception, memory, thinking and emotional behavior, according to the National Institutes of Health. The first symptom is usually forgetfulness, which can be perceived as an effect of normal aging.

Researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center collected information from more than 1,200 seniors about what they ate on a daily basis over the course of a year. Then, they ran laboratory tests to determine the levels of each of the participants’ beta-amyloid deposits. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease typically have accumulations of these plaques between nerve cells in the brain, according to the American Health Assistance Foundation. The study’s investigators found that the more omega-3 fatty acids a person regularly consumed, the lower his or her beta-amyloid deposits were.

One way that people can get the recommended daily allowance is to take an all-natural supplement, such as OmegaKrill made by Dr. Newton’s Naturals.

“Determining through further research whether omega-3 fatty acids or other nutrients relate to spinal fluid or brain beta-amyloid levels or levels of other Alzheimer’s disease related proteins can strengthen our confidence on beneficial effects of parts of our diet in preventing dementia,” said Nikalaos Scarmeas, M.D., the author of the study.

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