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Low Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Cause Memory Problems

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- We’ve heard about the benefits of eating a diet high in fish and rich in omega-3 fats for our heart and brain health, but how do we know if we are eating enough of these healthy fats?

In a new study, published in Neurology, researchers quantify the amount of omega-3 fat their subjects consumed and correlated this with memory testing and brain MRIs.  The results show that people who had higher blood levels of this brain food scored better on memory tests and their brain MRIs showed healthier tissue.

While more research is needed to tell if omega-3 fats can be used as treatment for people suffering from memory loss and dementia, this study provides further support for the benefits of omega-3 fats in keeping aging brains healthy.

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