Scientists are working around the clock towards finding medications that can slow the progression of Alzheimerâ€™s disease as safely and effectively as possible.Â In the last ten years, scientists have found a surprising ally in salmon and certain other types of fish. So-called â€œfattyâ€ or â€œoilyâ€ fish is high in essential fatty acids that have shown a beneficial effect on neurological development and health. Eating foods high in Omega 3â€™s can have a surprising effect not only on memory but on mood and other areas of brain function.
Omega 3 fatty acids are often lacking in our modern diet. They can be found in a variety of plant and animal sources. Omega 3â€™s can be found in Fish, eggs and some meat.
One of the main beneficial effects that Omega 3 fatty acids have on the body is calming inflammation. Inflammation is responsible for a wide variety of different health issues. It can also help to keep our cardiovascular system in good condition so that we are less prone to heart attacks, strokes and other issues directly related to our circulatory system. However, it is not these benefits that have Alzheimerâ€™s researchers so excited.
Studies have shown that people who consume fish at least once a week are approximately 60% less likely to develop Alzheimerâ€™s disease. A second study, which helps to support the findings of the first study have proven that people with higher levels of DHA (one of the two main Omega 3 essential fatty acids that are found in salmon and fatty fish) show that over a ten-year period of time, participants who were free of the symptoms of dementia were much more likely to remain free of symptoms of dementia and Alzheimerâ€™s. This was almost 50% less likely if the levels of DHA in the blood were low.
Note:Â Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among the elderly.Â According to recent estimates, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease!
But what is the link between EFA(Essential Fatty Acid)â€™s and Alzheimerâ€™s, and why does eating fish help to delay or avoid developing the disease? It has to do with how Alzheimerâ€™s affects the brain and the action of the fish on the system. Some of the symptoms of this disease include impaired memory, confusion, and an inability to perform simple daily routines. If one looks at the brain of a person with Alzheimerâ€™s it is possible to see build ups of what are known as amyloid plaques within the brain. There are other changes such as the death of the cells responsible for memory and the tangling of nerve fibers to form what are known as neurofibrillary tangles.
Studies are beginning to show that DHA is capable of preventing the build-up of amyloid proteins or plaques within the brain. Researchers have also found that the EFAâ€™s in salmon and other Omega 3 rich fish can also prevent the death of cells that allow the transfer of sensory information from one area of the brain to the next. If it is true that DHA in fish can help to protect the brain against the ravages of Alzheimerâ€™s this may be one of the most significant breakthroughs that have been made to date.
The following article was written by Cole Watts who writes on behalf of US Medical Supplies and AmeriGlide.