These data suggest that raising red blood cell fatty acid levels with daily supplementation of omega-3 DHA may dampen the effects of normal age-related brain shrinkage and possibly lead to fewer ‘senior moments’.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 15, 2012
The brain naturally shrinks as we age. While this normal process is associated with changes in processing speed, attention, and short term memory, creating so-called “senior moments,” it appears that those who’s brains shrink the most are most at risk for Alzheimer's disease and other age-related dementias. A recent study published in the Journal Neurology looked at the relationship between omega-3 fatty acids, such as found in Omega XL, and markers of accelerated brain aging by examining the relationship between red blood cell fatty acid levels and cognitive indicators of dementia in a cross section of the middle-aged to elderly community.
Higher dietary intake of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has been related to a reduced risk for dementia. To better understand the relationship, researchers at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, measured red blood cell levels of DHA and EPA in 854 dementia-free women age 67 ± 9 years. The women were grouped according to their age, education level, level of physical activity, body mass index, and traditional vascular risk factors, then subjected to MRI to measure brain volume, then subsequently tested for red blood cell levels of DHA and EPA. The women then performed cognitive tests, including tests of visual memory, executive function and abstract thinking.
The results demonstrated that the women with the lowest red blood cell DHA levels had the lowest total brain and white cell matter volumes (smallest brains). Those participants with the lowest DHA levels and the smallest brains also had lower scores on tests of visual memory, executive function and abstract thinking, leading researchers to conclude lower red blood cell DHA levels are associated with smaller brain volumes and a pattern of cognitive impairment, even in persons free of clinical dementia.
“This is great news for Omega XL,” said Derrick DeSilva, M.D., age management specialist and a proponent of Omega-3s. “These data suggest that raising red blood cell fatty acid levels with daily supplementation of omega-3 DHA may dampen the effects of normal age-related brain shrinkage and possibly lead to fewer ‘senior moments’.”Dr. DeSilva continued, “These data also suggest that those who are most at risk for Alzheimer's and other age-related dementias may address the associated age-related brain shrinkage by increasing DHA intake.”
Omega XL is one of only two Omega-3 supplements sold in the world that contains the patented stabilized marine lipid extract PCSO-524™ derived only from the New Zealand green-lipped mussel, with 30 healthy fatty acids including DHA and EPA. Sold in other parts of the world under its sister brand name Lyprinol, Omega XL is manufactured exclusively by Great HealthWorks Inc., and is the most widely available omega-3 fish oil supplement containing the potent PCSO-524™ marine lipid extract. To find more information about Omega XL and PCSO-524™ visit http://www.OmegaXL.com.
Journal Neurology. 2012 Feb 28;78(9):658-64.
Red blood cell ω-3 fatty acid levels and markers of accelerated brain aging.
Tan ZS, Harris WS, Beiser AS, Au R, Himali JJ, Debette S, Pikula A, Decarli C, Wolf PA, Vasan RS, Robins SJ, Seshadri S.
Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles.
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