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March 24, 2005

Fish oil holds promise in Alzheimer's fight

Topics: Health Issues

In a previous post I welcomed my opportunity to plug my favorite fish oil, Carlson's liquid fish oil, as a great source of eicosahexaenoic and docosahexaenoic omega-3 fatty acids. Among other great benefits, omega-3 fatty acids from fish and fish oils can protect against coronary heart disease, which is still the most common cause of death in Western economies. Now Medical News Today reports that researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) have found that a diet high in docosahexenoic acid, or DHA--an omega-3 fatty acid found in relatively high concentrations in cold-water fish--dramatically slowed the progression of Alzheimer's disease in mice. Specifically, DHA cut the harmful brain plaques that mark the disease. The results appear in the March 23 online edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Posted by Hyscience at March 24, 2005 9:34 PM



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