Diet rich in omega-3s helps fight memory loss

September 14, 2005 in Nutrition Topics in the News

Diet rich in omega-3s helps fight memory loss

According to researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin, an active lifestyle combined with a diet rich in fish have proven to be effective in slowing memory loss associated with old age.

These latest study findings indicate that fish oils may reduce cell inflammation that trigger a decline in memory. The essential fatty acid, found in supplements like cod liver oil and fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon and tuna is already known to protect the brain against the damage caused by Alzheimer's disease. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been linked with maintaining healthy hearts and joints.

Researchers discovered not only the ability for omega-3 fatty acids to replace anti-inflammatories that decrease with age, but also to stem a corresponding rise in chemicals that cause the cell inflammation in the first place.

In addition to omega-3s ability to fight memory loss, researchers also found that staying physically active had a role in keeping the brain sharp.  Remaining physically fit, avoiding high stress levels and enjoying a rich and varied social life were found to keep participants alert as they aged. Mental stimulation, learning new things and simply thinking young was also helpful.

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