New research finds individuals with high Omega-3 intakes have an increase in blood flow in the brain suggesting a link might exist between Omega-3 and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Over 160 randomly selected people participated in this trial. These participants were taken from clinics and their brain function was studied using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). SPECT measures blood perfusion in the brain. 128 regions of the brain were used to collect data on the correlation between Omega-3 blood levels as well as blood flow in the brain. Resting-state scans were performed while participants were sitting in a dimly lit room with ambient noise and with their eyes open. For on-task scans participants completed Continuous Performance Tests (CPTs) while the scans were performed.
Significant statistical relationships were found between EPA and DHA (Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids) levels in the blood and cerebral perfusion in various regions of the brain: areas known for memory encoding and retrieval (parahippocampal gyrus), areas for episodic memory, visuospatial processing, and aspects of consciousness (the right preuneus), and areas associated with bodily locomotion and posture (vermis subregion).
Researchers concluded that Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EPA and DHA) may improve brain physiology which in turn leads to better cognitive reserves.
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