Fish oil may help the elderly preserve thinking ability

Nobody wants to grow old and lose his grip of reality. Alzheimer’s disease is one dreaded condition of the elderly and surely, everyone wants to be spared from, that along with hair loss and some other old-age concerns.

Fortunately, there is a huge chance for us folks to evade that unsightly path and grow old with our brain cells still intact.

Studies show that high blood levels of omage-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids, found in fish oil, may help preserve thinking ability in the elderly. This is according to the findings of two studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Evidence suggests that diets that include omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA and docosahexaenoic acid or DHA, protect against the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is according to a Dutch research team who conducted several experiments.

Dr. Boukje Maria van Gelder, from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven, and associates evaluated data for 210 healthy men who were 79 to 89 years old. Their diets were assessed and the team found out that subject who ate fish had a slower decline in cognitive function that subjects who did not eat fish.

Van Gelder’s team recommends the daily consumption of roughly 400 mg of EPA and DHA, in order to somehow prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s from taking place. Food like fish, meat, eggs, leeks, and cereal products are good sources of this healthy fat.

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