Does Fish Oil Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

shutterstock_357530405There are many benefits of a diet high in fish oil. It can help lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart attack, and reduce inflammation that can lead to joint pain. Is it possible that fish oil could also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

 Current Research Shows a Benefit

Several large and small studies have been performed to measure the effects on fish oil in people with cognitive problems. The results have consistently shown that people who took fish oil supplements or included fish in their diets were less likely to suffer from memory and cognitive problems than those who didn’t.

One notable study found that seniors who ate fish almost daily were 20% less likely to develop dementia than those who only ate fish a few times a week, according to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Another large study found that people who followed a Mediterranean Diet containing fish oil, olive oil, and vegetables were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

 Why Fish Oil May Be Beneficial

Fish oil is known to reduce inflammation. It’s believed that inflammation could be one of the possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease. That being said, more research is needed to determine how effective fish oil is at reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and why it may provide a benefit.

 How to Incorporate Fish Oil in  Your Diet

Fish oil supplements can be an easy, effective way to ensure that you are consuming Omega-3 fatty acids on a regular basis. You can buy fish oil supplements over the counter at drugstores and health food stores. A better idea may be to ask your doctor for a prescription. This helps ensure that you’re taking a supplement that is regulated by the FDA and doesn’t contain mercury or other toxins.

Although the easiest way to get fish oil is by taking a daily supplement, it’s also possible to increase your intake by consuming fish that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, herring, lake trout, mackerel, tuna, sardines, and anchovies are all good sources. If you do opt to include more fish in your diet, it’s important to eat it most days of the week in order to gain a benefit.

Current search shows a positive link between fish oil and cognitive and memory function. While more research needs to be done in order to understand the full benefits, incorporating fish oil into your diet is a small change to make. It may help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as provide cardiovascular benefits.

About Lisa Lowry McDowell

Founder / CEO, Lisa Lowry McDowell – Lisa, a native of Joplin Missouri, founded Charlotte’s Angels in 2008 after seeing the need first hand that Joplin needed a home care agency that understood Alzheimer’s and the progression of the disease. Through Lisa’s direction and leadership she has made Charlotte’s Angels the leader in providing home care services in the SW Missouri Area. Lisa’s passion to help families who are affected by Alzheimer’s has created an Angel Team dedicated to Alzheimer’s Specialty Care .