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Fish Oil Staves Off Dementia

Fish Oil Staves Off Dementia

Wednesday, December 6th 2006

High blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which belongs to the class of nutrients called essential fatty acids, may protect against the development of dementia and perhaps Alzheimer's disease, researchers have discovered. DHA is abundant in the brain and fish is the primary dietary source.

Dr Ernst Schaefer, of Tufts University, Boston and colleagues found, after controlling other risk factors for dementia, men and women with the highest DHA levels had a 47 per cent reduction in risk of developing dementia and a 39 per cent reduction in the risk of Alzheimer's disease compared with those with less DHA.

He said the high level was probably achieved by consuming more than 2.8 fish meals per week or about 180 milligrams DHA per day. DHA can also be obtained in fish oil capsules and "one capsule usually contains about this amount".

Sourced from the New Zealand Herald, Tuesday 28 November 2006

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Dementia:

Coromega - Omega 3 fish oil
Efalex
Efamarine
Efalex Active Adult
Fish Oil 1500mg - Odourless
Ginkgo 9,000+
Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil 170ml
Lecithin 1200
Omega 3
Reflux-free Salmon Oil

Related health information can be found here:

Alzheimer's
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Blood pressure and hypertension
Fish oils, garlic and antioxidants for the prevention & treatment of cardiovascular disease
Memory
Nerves
Parkinsons

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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