Omega-3 fatty acids boost an aging brain
Study confirms increased memory performance
One way to boost an aging brain and improve memory is to take omega-3 fatty acids, as results of a study now confirm. Over a six-month study period, researchers studied the influence of this dietary supplement on healthy, older people and saw memory strength increase significantly among the test participants in this time.
The scientists investigated the effects of taking 2,200 mg of omega-3 fatty acids daily over six months on memory. Subjects who received omega-3 fatty acids saw improved results on memory tasks more than people who took a placebo in the form of sunflower oil, which scientists attributed to the vascular cleansing effect of omega-3 fatty acids. Scientists did not find any evidence, however, of better language-learning ability. The results of the study point to a long-term strategy of targeted use of selected dietary supplements to maintain or improve cognitive performance in old age.
In a next step, scientists will study the efficacy of a combined administration of omega-3 fatty acids with vitamin B. Early studies from Oxford University suggest a result in synergistic effects.
Source: Külzow N et al. Impact of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Memory Functions in Healthy Older Adults. J Alzheimers Dis 2016; 51: 713-725
Publiziert am von Dr. Barbara Hendel