Two Omega-3 Fatty Acids In Fish Oil May Boost Brain Function In People With Heart Disease

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“Two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may help improve brain function in older adults who have a type of heart disease known to put people at risk for cognitive decline.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]

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Carried out by researchers in the United States, this study found that the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) improved cognitive function in older adults with coronary artery disease. Significantly, the greatest improvements in patient brain function were seen when higher levels of both fatty acids were present.

Previous research has found that people with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to die prematurely. Higher levels have also been linked to healthy ageing.

Supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help treat major depression, reduce inflammation in chronic kidney disease, lower the risk of eye disease, reduce blood pressure, and protect the cardiovascular system.

Other research has linked omega-3 supplements to cognitive benefits and fewer asthma symptoms in children, as well as to a reduction in aggressive behavior. The omega-3 fatty acid DHA has been found particularly helpful in managing ADHD.

When taken during pregnancy, an increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids has been linked to improved problem solving in children and shown to reduce the risk of premature births.

To learn more about optimizing your health with these highly versatile nutrients, see this article on our website.

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