Omega-3s May Lower Dementia Risk

Last updated: May 07, 2012

According to the American Academy of Neurology, it'd be a good idea to pick up some fish and nuts along with a few pints of berries at the store.

Researchers at Columbia followed more than a thousand cognitively healthy adults over age 65, asking them questions about their diets and running blood tests for beta amyloid, which forms amyloid plaques in people with Alzheimer's.

The more omega-3 fatty acids a participant ate during the study, the lower her blood levels of beta amyloid, even after adjusting for other factors, including age, weight, and the status of APOE, the gene that's been associated with Alzheimer's. Researchers didn't find a similar association with any of the other nutrients they were looking for, including vitamin E and vitamin D.

Not a big seafood fan? Researchers said that just half a filet of salmon per week was associated with a 20 to 30 percent drop in beta amyloid levels. Or, if even that much fish is too much, nuts and chicken are also good sources of omega-3s.

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over 2 years ago

My sister is 74. She has dementia/heart disease. She cannot read, write, or do Math anymore. She was a bookkeeper. Her doctorhas her take CDP-Choline 500mg twice a day. And Phosphytidyl Serine 300mg a day. She also takes Fish oil tab.

over 2 years ago

I'm 72 and I'm starting to loose it myself. My sister is 77 had a stroke and deminsia, my mom had a stroke and deminsia. I'm really thinking I'm starting it I take suppliments, fish oil, vit.D, Something Dr.Oz suggested on his program. I just can't remember things especially if I'm nervous. I'm going to look up Choline? I'd like to know what blood work I should get........bea

Anonymous said over 2 years ago

Buffalo meat is a great source of omega 3 and omega 6. There are never any hormone growth additives. Taste delicious and good for you.

over 2 years ago

My sister's dr. has her take GDP Choline twice a day. And Phosphytidyl serine which is from Nature's Way in a yellow bottle. She also takes Fish Oil Tabs.

Anonymous said over 2 years ago

My sister's dr. has her take Choline.

Anonymous said over 2 years ago

at what age would symptoms of demensia start to show? Diet change at age 68 will it make a big change in symptoms? Medical test what type blood work should you ask you doctor for?

over 2 years ago

Yep! Me again, I am doing that red meat once in a while, but plenty of fish and chicken, omega3 capsules...I'm still going scatty though! Any other ideas please send them to my e-mail address. Thanks. Regards to all.

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