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Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Alzheimer’s?

Fish A recent study by a research team from UCLA has concluded that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may play a large role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. This group of scientists found that the omega-3 fatty acid Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) increases the levels of LR11 which are found at low levels in Alzheimer’s patients. LR11 is a protein which is meant to destroy the plaques created by the disease in the brain, but cannot do so effectively when it is at such reduced levels.

These plaques mentioned by the scientists are actually a build up of protein called amyloid which can be toxic to the brain. A higher level of LR11 can help reduce the amounts of build ups in the brain and therefore researchers are concluding that without the omega-3 fatty acids to help raise the levels of LR11, more and more people will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease in the future.

Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease which is degenerative causing memory loss, onset of dementia, personality change and unfortunately, in the end death. Currently, the Alzheimer’s Association states that over 5.1 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s. The estimations for the future are an increase of between 11 million and 16 million by 2050. These statistics are absolutely astounding as Alzheimer’s is a disease no one wants to experience…or has to either.

Some tests were conducted on rats to help prove the scientist’s theories and it showed that even small doses of DHA from fish oils, helped improve the level of LR11 to therefore help reduce the protein build ups in the brain. The fatty acids which are found in omega-3 are considered essential fats because the body cannot produce these acids, they must be received through diet.

Frank Mangano’s commentary:

There are many simple ways to include fish oil in your diet and this is only one of the benefits fish oil can produce for the society of today. There are 6 more great benefits and reasons to include omega-3 or fish in your diet.

  1. Lowers blood triglycerides, which are factors related to cardiovascular diseases
  2. Helps reduce the likelihood of blood clots
  3. Lowers blood pressure
  4. Reduces depression rates and symptoms
  5. Improves immune system function
  6. Reduces inflammation from arthritis

These are incredibly common symptoms and problems in many Americans today and there are natural ways to ease the pain and even prevent these diseases from happening to you. By taking small doses of omega-3 fatty acids or including fish in your diet you can help lower the symptoms and risks of the above diseases in your life.

For those who don’t like fish you have several options of supplements to choose from, the most popular and highly recommended by yours truly being Carlson’s Liquid Fish and Cod Liver Oil. This supplement contains adequate amounts of DHA, which you need and a nice lemon flavor that goes with any meal!

Related Posts

  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Cut Colorectal Cancer Risk in Men, Study Finds
  2. Higher Intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids Linked to Positive Mood and Outlook, Study Concludes
  3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Positively Impact Bone Density in Young Men, Study Concludes
  4. Study Shows Omega-3 Fats Reduce Cancer Tumor Growth Rates
  5. Omega-3 Fish Oils Greatly Reduce the Risk of Three Major Diseases, Study Finds
  


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