Omega 3 acids delay loss of neurons in old age


I recently found this article in the January issue of Neurology, or rather I was directed to this article by a Tweet!

A study by a team of scientists at the University of South Dakota have shown how people with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils, and which many people take as supplements, may also have larger brain volumes in old age. It is known that as we age we lose neurons which can lead to age related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. This study of 1,111 women shows that those who had the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids also had a 2.7% larger volume in the hippocampus area of the brain. The hippocampus of the brain is vital for memory and so these patients with higher levels of omega-3 would, by extension, suffer less from age related memory problems.

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