Sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish and fish oil, have been found to boost the effectiveness of B-vitamin supplements in fighting off age-related cognitive decline, new research by the University of Oxford has shown.
According to the study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's disease, the two natural sources of brain-enhancing agents amount to a one-two punch against mental decline in older people with memory problems. Read on for the full scoop.
New study shows that levels of omega-3 fatty acids can slow down the brain’s decline in older people
To reach their findings, the researchers looked at more than 250 people with mild cognitive impairment
(MCI), a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease in which brain function is below what’s normally expected for a person’s age but isn’t significant enough to interfere with everyday life.
The researchers gave the participants tests to measure their memories and cognition, as well as blood tests of two omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in oily fish
, namely docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). They then split the participants into two groups – one received a B-vitamin supplement and the other received an inactive placebo pill every day for two years.
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After the two-year period, the researchers found that the participants in the B-vitamin group scored better on memory and cognition tests. Researcher Dr Abderrahim Oulhaj explained: “We found that for people with low levels of omega-3, the vitamin supplements had little to no effect. But for those with high baseline omega-3 levels, the B vitamins were very effective in preventing cognitive decline
compared to the placebo.”
Dr Oulhaj added: “This result complements our previous finding that B vitamin slow the rate of brain atrophy in MCI only in those with good omega-3 levels to start with.”
Can combining omega-3 fatty acids with B vitamins slow the conversion from MCI to Alzheimer’s disease, too?
The researchers aren’t sure, but that’s what they plan to study next. Co-researcher David Smith said: “The next stage will be to see whether providing a combination of B vitamins and omega-3 supplements can slow the conversion from MCI to Alzheimer's disease.” Smith concluded that this would be an important step in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Before you combine your omega-3 fatty acids supplement with another supplement, run it past your doctor first.
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