Fish Oil and Alzheimer’s

The essential fatty acids found in fish oil are vital to health. Research has shown that by getting enough of those fatty acids, DHA and EPA, in one’s diet, the risk of many chronic diseases drops dramatically. Now a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience illustrates yet another reason to include fish oil as part of your daily supplement plan.

Most Americans eat a diet deficient in essential fatty acids. These fats are needed for cardiovascular health, immune system health, brain function, and may other important functions in the body. This new research has found that a diet supplemented with DHA (decosahexanoic acid) protected mice from developing the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The amount of decrease was not small. Compared to a control group that did not receive DHA in its diet, there were 70% fewer plaques in the DHA-fed group. This study comes on the heels of another study just a few months ago which showed that DHA helps protect brain cells against damage and thus enhanced memory.

Fish oil is not the only source of DHA and EPA (eicosapentanoic acid), but it is by far the highest concentration of those fats in a food source. Almonds, walnuts and the eggs of DHA-supplemented chickens also contain these fats.

It is also important to remember that many retail fish oils contain heavy metals, including mercury, arsenic and others, while eggs should always be purchased as organic and free-range. High-fat foods such as fish oil and eggs can contain many unwanted chemicals, so spending extra for organic eggs and purified oils is worth the cost.

Adding these important essential fatty acids to the diet is just one way to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. If you or someone you know is concerned about developing Alzheimer’s or any other neurological disease, schedule a visit with one of the physicians at Nature Cures Clinic. Not only can you lower your risk of Alzheimer’s with a comprehensive wellness plan, but you can look better and feel more energy as you age.

You can do a lot more than just hope that you don’t suffer chronic disease. You can do something about it. Visit our New Appointment Page or call 503-287-4970 to set up your visit.