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Study Shows Omega-3 Fatty Acids Increase Brain Capacity

March 11, 2012

Australian Food News reports that a recent study shows that Omega-3 fatty acids increase brain capacity.

“UCLA researchers have recently conducted a study on the correlation between Omega-3 fatty acid levels in the diet and brain capacity.

The research, published in the February 28, 2012 issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, studied 1,575 dementia-free participants, with an average age of 67. They underwent a variety of tests including MRI scans, tests measuring mental function, body mass and omega-3 fatty acid levels in red blood cells.

Omega-3 fatty acid, commonly found in fish, contains the nutrients docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

The UCLA researchers found that those whose DHA levels were amongst the lower 25 percent of participants had lower brain volumes than those individuals with higher DHA levels.  Similarly, participants whose levels of all omega-3 fatty acids in the bottom 25 percent also scored lower on tests of visual memory and executive function, including problem-solving, multi-tasking and abstract thinking.

The findings indicated that the individuals with lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in their diet have lower brain capacities equivalent to approximately two years of structural brain aging.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2012 10:58 am

    Exactly! scientists has proved that omega 3 is necessary for good concentration and memory. With increasing age there is more need of omega 3 essentials for well being and healthy mind and body.

  2. March 22, 2012 8:36 am

    Natural Omega 3 is an essential for brain and body because it gives power to fight with number of diseases. Studies have proved that people who take Omega 3 health supplements have good memory power and high concentration in comparison to other people.

  3. Tamina permalink
    April 2, 2012 8:44 am

    Some british and australian studies have also found, that behavioral problems of children (like ADHD) could be reduced by intake of omega-3 fatty acids. (Source: N. Sinn: „Nutritional and dietary influences on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder“; Nutr. Rev., 2008 found in http://www.grin.com/de/e-book/186908/fachkompendium-adhs)

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