By BlackHealthMatters

A recently published study in the peer reviewed journal, Nutrients, shows that people with high omega-3 DHA levels in their blood are 49 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. 

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in older adults and the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. 

Research found that specific genes increase the risk of developing the debilitating progressive illness that slowly destroys cognitive function and memory. For instance, APOE4 is a gene with the most potent risk factor for Alzheimer’s.

The Effectiveness of DHA

The research included 1490 participants that were 65 years old and dementia-free. Researchers examined the association of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in red blood cells with incident of Alzheimer’s Disease while testing for interaction with APOE-e4 carriership. 

An increase of DHA in the red blood cells was predicted to provide an estimated 4.7 additional years of life free of Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, researchers noted that an increased intake of DHA might lower the risk altogether.

A Cost-Effective Dietary Addition

Aleix Sala-Vila led the study, and suggested that adding extra omega-3 DHA to your routine might slow the development of the disease. A cost-effective dietary addition could save billions in health care costs.

“Given that estimated health-care payments in 2021 for all patients with AD or other dementias amount to $355 billion in the US (not including caregiving by family members and other unpaid caregivers), any cost-effective strategy for delaying the onset of AD is of utmost public health interest. Delaying AD by five years leads to 2.7 additional years and 4.8 additional AD-free years for an individual who would have acquired AD and is worth over $500,000.”

Omega-3 is such a powerful supplement, especially for our brain. And as we get older, we want to help keep our bodies healthy.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), DHA and other omega-3 acids  “are found in fish and other seafood.”

Do you include omega-3 in your daily routine? Comment below.

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