Can Eating Fish Keep Alzheimer’s At Bay?

Can the nutrients that fish provide improve brain health? Read on to learn more about the findings from this recent study. Thanks for visiting Advocare, providing geriatric care management to area residents of North Palm Beach, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and more.

A diet rich in fish has been touted as a way to improve brain health, but research results on its effectiveness have been mixed.

A study out Wednesday found older women with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, had better preservation of their brain as they aged than those with the lowest levels, which might mean they would maintain better brain function for an extra year or two.

The results suggest that higher omega-3 fatty acid levels may hold promise for delaying cognitive aging and dementia, says the study’s lead author, Jay Pottala of the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls and Health Diagnostic Laboratory in Richmond, Va., which offers blood testing including for omega-3 fatty acids.

Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel, sardines and swordfish.

For the latest study, Pottala and colleagues looked at the omega-3 fatty acids levels in the red blood cells of 1,111 women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study. The women had MRI scans eight years after the study began to measure their brain volume. They were an average of 78 years old. The study was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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