(Natural News) A new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids — such as salmon, sardines and mackerel — may help keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay by promoting blood flow in brain regions that regulate memory and learning. As part of the study, a team of researchers examined brain scans from 166 people from a psychiatric referral clinic. The participants were divided into two groups based on their omega-3 intake. The scans were designed to assess brain activity by measuring blood flow. The research team scanned up to 128 brain regions while the participants underwent various computer tasks that assessed their mental skills. The experts also examined theparticipants’ omega-3 blood levels, and used standard tests to evaluate groups’mental and emotional health.
The study revealed that participants with high omega-3 intake had more blood flowing into brain regions responsible for memory and learning. The research team also found that the same participants fared better at acquiring and understanding information. Participants who had high omega-3 consumption also exhibited better overall mental and emotional health, the health experts added.
“Although we have considerable evidence omega-3 levels are associated with better cardiovascular health, the role of the “fish oil” fatty acids in mental health and brain physiology is just beginning to be explored.This study opens the door to the possibility that relatively simple dietary changes could favorably impact cognitive function,”study co-author Professor William Harris said in ScienceDaily.com.
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