Omega 3 Fats and the Brain

Well, here’s a surprise from the University of Iowa regarding omega 3 fats and brain health. Just as omega-3s have been promoted as being healthy for our hearts, consuming them (via fish oils and nuts) has in the past also been recommended to maintain brain health.

Omega 3 Fats and the Brain

The results of a 6-year study (conducted by Eric Ammann) with over 2000 women ages 65-80 found that omega-3s provided no benefits to thinking and memory skills.

Fish oils and nuts contain Omega-3s. New study reveals no link between omega 3s and brain health.

Fish oils and nuts contain Omega-3s. New study reveals no link between omega 3s and brain health.

“However, we do not recommend that people change their diet based on these results. Researchers continue to study the relationship between omega-3s and the health of the heart, blood vessels, and brain. We know that fish and nuts can be healthy alternatives to red meat and full-fat dairy products, which are high in saturated fats” …

The researchers found no difference between the women with high and low levels of omega-3s in the blood at the time of the first memory tests.
There was also no difference between the two groups in how fast their thinking skills declined over time.

Read more here.

Differing study results can be confusing but even if the newest research isn’t clear on the link between omega 3 fats and brain health, we can be pretty sure that they are good for us in other ways.

 

 

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