Fish oil may help the brain


August 18, 2011

New research has revealed that fish oil supplements may be beneficial for overall mental acuity, especially among older adults. Researchers from the Rhode Island Hospital's Alzheimer's Disease and Disorders Center found that participants in a recent study who regularly consumed fish oil showed better cognitive function than their peers.

In fact, fish oil was linked to less brain shrinkage among patients at the center, which seems to indicate that it can prevent shrinkage of vital parts of the brain responsible for reasoning and memory.

"In the imaging analyses for the entire study population, we found a significant positive association between fish oil supplement use and average brain volumes in two critical areas utilized in memory and thinking (cerebral cortex and hippocampus),” study leader Lori Daiello said. "In other words, fish oil use was associated with less brain shrinkage in patients taking these supplements during the ADNI study compared to those who didn't report using them."

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