Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's and Omega-3 Fatty AcidsDo you eat fish, chicken or nuts? If so, a recent study in Neurology should be of interest to you. The study found that the more Omega-3 fatty acids someone eats the lower their blood beta-amyloid levels. This is good news for those that eat a lot of Omega-3 fatty acids as previous studies have found a correlation between higher levels of blood beta-amyloid levels and Alzheimer’s and memory problems.

Nikolaos Scarmeas, MD, MS, the author of the study, tested the blood of 1,219 people who were determined to be “dementia free.” These people who did not have dementia were all senior citizens and over the age of 65.

Regarding the dementia study’s results, Scarmeas said that “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 Scarmeas

The National Institute on Aging funded this study that examined the relationship between beta-amyloid levels and Omega-3 fatty acids. While this study on dementia and diet doesn’t guarantee people will ward of dementia or Alzheimer’s if they eat a lot of Omega-3 fatty acids, it probably wouldn’t hurt to eat this in a well-balanced diet.

 

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