Lack of omega-3 fatty acids may cause memory problems

   Feb 28, 12:17 pm

Washington, Feb 28 (ANI): A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients commonly found in fish, may cause the brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities, according to a new study.

Omega-3 fatty acids include the nutrients called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

"People with lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids had lower brain volumes that were equivalent to about two years of structural brain aging," said study author Zaldy S. Tan, MD, MPH, of the Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research and the Division of Geriatrics, University of California at Los Angeles.

For the study, 1,575 people with an average age of 67 and free of dementia underwent MRI brain scans.

They were also given tests that measured mental function, body mass and the omega-3 fatty acid levels in their red blood cells.

The researchers found that people whose DHA levels were among the bottom 25 percent of the participants had lower brain volume compared to people who had higher DHA levels.

Similarly, participants with levels of all omega-3 fatty acids in the bottom 25 percent also scored lower on tests of visual memory and executive function, such as problem solving and multi-tasking and abstract thinking.

The study has been published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (ANI)

Curcumin spice linked to slowing of lung lining cancer Sep 22, 5:25 pm
Washington, Sept 22 (ANI): A new study has revealed that Asian spice Curcumin show promise in slowing the progression of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung's lining often linked to asbestos.
Full Story
New 'evolved' protein therapy to stop cancer growth Sep 22, 3:34 pm
Washington, Sept 22 (ANI): Researchers from Stanford has created an "evolved" protein therapy that might stop cancer from spreading in body.
Full Story
Nearly 50 pc of cancers get diagnosed late: Study Sep 22, 1:06 pm
London, Sept 22 (ANI): A new study has found that nearly half of cancers are diagnosed only when the disease is at an advanced stage, meaning treatment is both more expensive and less likely to succeed.
Full Story
Dry-roasted peanuts likelier to trigger 'allergic reactions' than raw counterparts Sep 22, 12:06 pm
London, Sep 22 (ANI): A new study has revealed that dry-roasted peanuts may pose bigger allergy threats as compared to raw peanuts.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY