A study released today shows participants with low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had slightly smaller brains and scored lower on memory and cognitive tests than people with higher blood levels of omega-3s, reports Jennifer Corbett Dooren for the Wall Street Journal.
“Several studies have shown diets that include fish, such as the Mediterranean diet, lower people’s risks of developing heart problems or having a stroke,” she reports. “And some studies, including one of the first set of participants in the ongoing Framingham study, which started in 1948, suggested intake of fatty fish like salmon and tuna can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia.”
Caregivers can measure our omega-3 fatty acids,but the optimal level is not yet clear.
Best sources of omega-3 fatty acids? Fish oil, salmon, tuna top the list from Fitday.com. Omega-3 fatty acids – yes, it’s right there on our label and inside every can of St. Jude tuna.
Image of Omega-3 fatty acid at work, courtesy of Thevisualmd.com and Wikimedia Commons.