New York: One study has shown that consuming foods high in omega-3 fatty acids can increase blood flow to areas in the brain associated with memory and learning.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions.
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in flaxseed oil, walnuts, salmon, soybeans, and spinach, have shown anti-amyloid, anti-dew, and anti-inflammatory effects in the brains of animals.
The study showed positive associations between omega-3 EPA + DHA status, cerebral blood flow and cognition.
“This is very important research as it shows a link between lower omega-3 fatty acids and reduced blood flow to the brain in regions important for learning, memory, depression and dementia,” said lead author Daniel G. Amen, CEO of Amen Clinics Inc in the USA.
In addition, the study also shows the value of nutritional interventions for brain health through the use of the latest brain imaging technology known as Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), which can measure blood perfusion in the brain.
“This study opens the door to the possibility that relatively simple dietary changes could have a positive impact on cognitive function,” added William S. Harris of the University of South Dakota
In the study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, pictures of participants performing various cognitive tasks show higher blood flow in certain areas of the brain.
In the study, the team analyzed the brain images of 166 participants with high levels of omega-3s who performed various cognitive tasks and found higher blood flow in certain brain regions involved in memory and neurocognitive tests.
In addition, they also found that omega-3 levels also correlated with various psychological feelings of the participants. _IANS