Omega-3 fatty acids enhance cognitive flexibility in at-risk older adults

Another article showing how omega-3 helps prevent mental decline leading to Alzheimer’s. Just remember, omega-6 and omega-3 compete, so the increase the omega-3 in you brain, you have to decrease the omega-6. If you reduce your intake of omega-6 while you increase your intake of omega-3, you will get more benefits and get them faster. My book, The Oil Change Diet, will help you do that.


Public Release: 19-May-2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A study of older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease found that those who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids did better than their peers on tests of cognitive flexibility — the ability to efficiently switch between tasks — and had a bigger anterior cingulate cortex, a brain region known to contribute to cognitive flexibility.

The analysis suggests, but does not prove, that consuming DHA and EPA, two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, enhanced cognitive flexibility in these adults in part by beefing up the anterior cingulate cortex, the researchers report in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

“Recent research suggests that there is a critical link between nutritional deficiencies and the incidence of both cognitive impairment and degenerative neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease,” said University of Illinois neuroscience, psychology, and speech and hearing science professor

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Penn research points to omega-3 as an intervention for childhood behavioral problems

Here is another study showing benefits of increasing the omega-3 in your kids (that also means reducing the omega-6). Pay particular attention to the bottom line–“Compared to the baseline at zero months,” Raine said, “both groups show improvement in both the externalizing and internalizing behavior problems after six months. That’s the placebo effect.

“But what was particularly interesting was what was happening at 12 months. The control group returned to the baseline while the omega-3 group continued to go down. In the end, we saw a 42 percent reduction in scores on externalizing behavior and 62 percent reduction in internalizing behavior.”


Public Release: 15-May-2015

University of Pennsylvania

At the forefront of a field known as “neurocriminology,” Adrian Raine of the University of Pennsylvania has long studied the interplay between biology and environment when it comes to antisocial and criminal behavior. With strong physiological evidence that disruption to the emotion-regulating parts of the brain can manifest in violent outbursts, impulsive decision-making and other behavioral traits associated with crime, much of Raine’s research involves looking at biological interventions that can potentially ward off these behavioral outcomes.

A new study by Raine now suggests that omega-3, a fatty acid commonly found in fish oil, may have long-term neurodevelopmental effects that ultimately reduce antisocial and aggressive behavior problems in children.

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