Research Suggests Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Improve Memory Loss

A new study published in The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association indicates that Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid, may help to improve age-associated problems in adults who suffer from mild cognitive impairments, such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Duffy MacKay, one of the study's investigators, said that memory loss problems are common concerns for older adults and that "the more we learn about the valuable role DHA plays in supporting brain function, the more options aging Americans have towards managing cognitive decline."

The research involved 485 participants who were 55 years and older who complained of age-related memory problems. The subjects were randomly assigned to take either DHA or a placebo for approximately six months. As a result, the study found that those who had taken DHA had improvements in their memory and learning.

According to MacKay, by including DHA "as part of a proactive health regimen that includes a well-balanced diet, regular physical activity and routine visits with a healthcare professional" it can offer support for "systems in the body, including memory and cognitive function."

Past studies have indicated that one possible way to combat memory loss is to add certain fish into a diet that contain DHAs. Such fish include mackerel, salmon and herring.

Easy Health Options Staff

By Easy Health Options Staff

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