Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, flaxseed and walnuts seem to have heart healthy effects. Researchers have also been studying the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the brain. A new study in the journal Neurology suggests that people who get more omega–3 fats from their diet may reduce their risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. The investigators followed over 1,200 subjects who were at least 65 years old and did not have cognitive impairment. Those whose self-reported diets included more omega-3 fats had lower levels of beta-amyloid protein in their bloodstreams. Beta-amyloid accumulations in the brain are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

[Neurology, Online May 2, 2012]

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  1. paulbyr

    I am going to increase my salmon & walnut intake and double my fish oil pills from 1 to 2 a day.

  2. DS

    Can you comment on coconut oil? Dairy fats were among the first to be demonized by the low-fat fad. Fat soluble vitamins are very important for brain health, are they not?

  3. Ann C.

    Do the omega-3 fats have to come from diet alone or do fish oil/omega-3 supplements have the same effect?

  4. Dorothy R.

    I did find that helpful. My husband died from senile dementia and I am very anxious to avoid having the same thing happen to me. I read everything I can find on the subject and I know a lot of other people who are just like me. Keep on helping us.

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