Fish Oil and Brain Power
By Health Day
Researchers found that those with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids appear to have larger brain volumes. The opposite, shrinking brain volume, is a sign of normal aging and sometimes Alzheimer's disease.
Data were collected from more than 11-hundred women who had omega-3 fatty acid levels tested in their blood. Eight years later, MRI scans were done to look at brain volume.
Those with higher levels of omega-3s had larger overall brain volumes.. But more notably, the hippocampus area of the brain was also larger in the higher omega 3 group. That's important because the hippocampus plays a huge role in memory. In fact, in patients with Alzheimer's disease, the hippocampus begins to shrink well before symptoms appear.
Omega-3's can be found in many foods, and can also be supplemented with fish oil capsules.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines with health information for your entire family.
Friday, December 9, 2016, Watertown, NY