Omega-3s and Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease causes previously normal people to forget their names and loved ones and pretty much everything else. They are no longer able to react appropriately to other people.

A study from Rush Medical School showed that eating omega-3 fatty acids in fish, nuts and seeds can help to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Researchers gave a dietary questionnaire to 815 healthy people who were older than 64, and followed them for four years. One hundred thirty-one of the participants developed signs of Alzheimer disease. Those who consumed fish at least once a week had 60 percent lower risk of Alzheimer's disease compared with those who rarely or never ate fish.

Virtually every risk factor for a heart attack is also a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, including: a diet deficient in omega-3 fats, vegetables, vitamins B12, folic acid or pyridoxine; eating too many calories, too much sugar or too much saturated fat; not exercising; smoking; being overweight; having a high cholesterol; being diabetic; having a high C-reactive protein blood test (an indicator of inflammation); or being deficient in vitamin D. More on Alzheimer's disease More on Omega-3's

Consumption of fish and n-3 fatty acids and risk of incident Alzheimer disease. Archives of Neurology, 2003, Vol 60, Iss 7, pp 940-946. MC Morris, DA Evans, JL Bienias, CC Tangney, DA Bennett, RS Wilson, N Aggarwal, J Schneider. Morris MC, Rush Presbyterian St Lukes Med Ctr, Rush Inst Healthy Aging, 1645 W Jackson, Suite 675, Chicago,IL 60612 USA

Checked 11/13/11

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