1 January 2008

Omega-3 fatty acid boots protein that destroys brain plaques

Anti-Alzheimer’s in Omeg-3 fatty acid found
Science Daily / University of California: 26 December 2007
Many Alzheimer's researchers have long touted fish oil, by pill or diet, as an accessible and inexpensive "weapon" that may delay or prevent this debilitating disease. Now, UCLA scientists have confirmed that fish oil is indeed a deterrent against Alzheimer's, and they have identified the reasons why.

Reporting in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, now online, Greg Cole, professor of medicine and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate director of UCLA's Alzheimer Disease Research Center, and his colleagues report that the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in fish oil increases the production of LR11, a protein that is found at reduced levels in Alzheimer's patients and which is known to destroy the protein that forms the "plaques" associated with the disease…. > full story

Alzheimer's Australia Research Officer, Suzzane Dixon comments: The study was performed in vivo in rats and mice and in vitro on human neurons; a large-scale human clinical trial of the compound is currently being carried out to verify these conclusions and determine optimum dosage amount. However, this information could ultimately have strong relevance to dementia prevention. (26 January 2008)

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