Fish Oil Supplements May Protect Against Alzheimer’s
“Serial brain imaging conducted during this study showed that the participants with normal cognition who reported taking fish oil supplements demonstrated less brain shrinkage in key neurological areas,” researcher Lori Daiello said in a statement.
Lowering the risk or preventing the disease all together is critical, as currently there is no cure for the disease, which currently affects one in nine Americans over age 65.
While the results may seem promising, some experts point out that not all studies can prove causation. Other studies have similarly shown that fish oil doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on people who already suffer from Alzheimer’s. But some research shows that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can lower the beta-amyloid proteins that are linked to the disease, which, like the Rhode Island study says, could prove beneficial in lowering the risk of people without it.