Molecular Healing--Omega 3s and Alzheimer's Disease
Posted Aug 25 2008 3:14pm
Fish oils may do more than increase HDLs (good cholesterol)and help to prevent heart disease. In fact recent research at UCLA have found that omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oils help to inhibit the damaging effects of Alzeheimer's disease.
Researchers found that one particular omega 3 fatty acid (docosahexaenoic acid) is effective in facilitating the production of a protein that helps to destroy the damaging beta amyloid plaques produced by the disease. The researchers used both rats and human neurons with similar results.
Omega 3s are found in fatty fish like salmon and are sparse in the American diet. Perhaps increasing omega 3s will help in the early stages of Alzeheimers. A large scale clinical study funded by the National Institue of Health is now underway to evaluate the effects of omega 3s on patients with Alzheimer's.
It is very encouraging to see that simple molecular substances found in foods can have such a powerful healing effect.
University of California - Los Angeles (2008, January 2). Anti-Alzheimer's Mechanism In Omega-3 Fatty Acids Found. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 24, 2008, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2007/12/071226003611.htm