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Omega-3 Found To Cut Plaque That Contributes to Alzheimer’s

A new study from researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) showed that the Omega-3, DHA, may help protect brain cells from damage. The results were published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

The study found that DHA stimulates the production of a protein called LR11. This is important because when your body doesn't produce enough LR11 protein, plaque called beta-amyloid can build up.

This particular plaque has been shown to damage brain cells and spark the onset of Alzheimer's disease. In the UCLA study, even low levels of DHA--a key omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil--helped boost the cell protecting LR11 protein.

This is not the only recent study to show fish oil can benefit your neurological and brain health. For example, in November 2007, scientists at the Universite Laval in Canada reported that DHA reduces the toxic effect of a chemical called MPTP. This can reduce your risk of Parkinson's disease.

Moreover, also in November, three separate studies from Norway, New Zealand and the Netherlands all showed how fish oil omega-3s benefits cognitve health and brain function.

Although the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are known more for heart health, there is rapidly growing evidence for significant brain health benefits also.
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