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HHS HealthBeat (September 7, 2011)

Omega-3 and Alzheimer’s

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

A new study shows Omega-3 does not slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. Patients were given DHA, a component of fish oil that has a specific omega-3 fatty acid. DHA had no effect on memory retention.

Author, Joseph Quinn is a researcher at Oregon Health and Science University.

“Once somebody has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, there is probably not a value in giving them Omega-3 supplements for the sake of slowing down Alzheimer’s disease.” (10 seconds)

Despite the results, supplements can have positive effects.

“There may be value with respect to these other health considerations, such as the heart and blood vessels.” (6 seconds)

The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: September 7, 2011