Study finds omega-3 can lower Alzheimer’s risk

According to a study recently published in the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acids can lower protein levels in the blood associated with memory problems and Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York sought to find out which nutrients had the greatest impact on beta-amyloid deposits in the blood, which relates to the deposits in the brain. People older than 65 who were dementia-free were tested in the study for beta-amyloid levels. Participants provided information on their diets for an average of 1.2 years before levels were tested. Researchers found the more omega-3 fatty acids a person consumed, the lower their beta-amyloid levels were.

Study participants were incorporating omega-3 into their diets by eating foods such as nuts, salad dressing, fish and chicken. However, an omega-3 supplement can also increase a person’s fatty acid consumption. OmegaKrill is one such all-natural supplement from Dr. Newton’s Naturals that is made with krill oil, a substance derived from shrimp-like crustaceans and that contains more omega-3 than fish oil. One capsule holds 65 mg of total omega-3 fatty acids.

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