Fatty acid supplements slow mental decline

November 1, 2006 in Nutrition for Older Adults, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Fatty acid supplements slow mental decline

Researchers at Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge in Sweden have found that a daily supplement of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids slow mental decline in elderly people.

To study the effects of the fatty acids, researchers randomly assigned 21 patients with mild cognitive impairment to receive the omega fatty acids in a tablet, or a placebo. Mental function of the subjects was assessed at the start of the trail and again after 90 days of supplementation.

Researchers report the omega fatty acid supplementation produced significant improvements in the immediate memory and attention scores of participants.

While these results are encouraging, more studies are needed to further examine the relationship between omega-3 and omega-6 intake and cognitive function.

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