Omega-3s and Alzheimer's

Omega-3s and Alzheimer's

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
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.

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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

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