Omega-3’s and Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study from Columbia University Medical Center in New York suggests that eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids may be associated with lower blood levels of a protein related to Alzheimer’s disease and memory problems.

The researchers looked specifically at 10 nutrients which included saturated fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, mono-unsaturated fatty acid, vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin B12, folate and vitamin D.

It was omega-3 levels in the blood that were associated with lower levels of the protein beta-amyloid.  Elevated levels of beta-amyloid in the brain have been found in alzheimer’s patients.  After analyzing data from 1,219 people older than age 65 who were free of dementia, the researchers found that consuming about one gram of omega-3 per day more than the average omega-3 consumed by people in the study was associated with 20-30% lower blood beta-amyloid levels.

It is no surprise that the best whole food sources of omega-3 fatty acids are cold water fish, grass-fed beef, free-range poultry and free-range eggs because they are in a readily usable form.  Nuts, seeds, dark leafy greens, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are good plant sources and may provide additional benefits so it is best to focus on a variety of both animal and plant sources.

Omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to have a positive effect on heart disease, blood pressure, triglyceride levels, and helping to slow progression of plaque build-up in arteries.  Omega-3’s have also shown a positive effect on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and cancer.

The American Heart Association recommends eating omega-3 rich fish at least two times per week.  Research has indicated that omega-3’s are more easily absorbed by your body when they come from whole foods rather than oils or supplements.

TurboCharged foods are the fresh, whole, natural foods which we are biologically adapted to eat.  They provide maximum benefits and all known and unknown nutrients that will deliver protection from all modern chronic diseases while building optimal health.

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