Benefits of Fish Oil for Alzheimer’s Disease

Recent research on fish oil and Alzheimer’s disease show it may reduce your risk for getting the disease.

Fish oils are an excellent source of the omega 3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

And experts claim that eating a diet low in these healthy fats could be associated with smaller brain volumes and increased risk for dementia.


Let’s take a closer look at more research on the effects of omega 3 fish oil on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia….

1. Eating Fish may Reduce Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease by 60%

Chicago, Illinois – A study published in the July 2003 Archives of Neurology Journal concluded that eating fish more than once a week can reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease up to 60%.

Researchers at the Rush Institute of Aging monitored the diet of 815 residents for about 4 years.

They found a total intake of omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), was associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer disease.


2. Fish Oils Reduce Symptoms in Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

Stockholm, Sweden – A study published in the October 2006 issue of the Archives of Neurology suggests fish oil slows cognitive decline in mild Alzheimer’s.

One hundred and seventy four (174) Alzheimer’s disease patients receive either a placebo or 430 mg. of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and 150 mg. of eicosahexaenoic acid (EPA) for 6 months.

Researchers found fish oils can really help slow down the rate of decline in memory and thinking skills in mild Alzheimer’s disease.


3. Lower your Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease with a Healthy Diet

France – Newly released data from a Three City Study in France shows you can reduce the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by increasing your consumption of fish oils, fruits, vegetables and other omega 3 oils, such as flax seed oil.

A total of 8,085 patients aged 65 and over, without dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, were included in a three city study in Dijon, Montpellier and Bordeaux in 1999 – 2000.

Researchers found:

  • Eating fruits and vegetables at least once a week reduces the risk for dementia.

  • Consumption of fish every week resulted in a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

  • Regular use of omega 3 fish oil was associated with a decreased risk for dementia.

Scientists also found an increased risk for dementia among people with diets high in vegetable oils and those who didn’t eat more fish or fish oils.



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