Omega-3 Combo May Boost Memory for 60+
Men and women aged 60 and over may be able to improve memory by taking supplements of phosphatidylserine (PS) containing Omega-3 fatty acids according to a recent study published in the November 2010 issue of the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging.
Phosphatidylserine is a natural nutrient found in the cell membranes of neurons and previous studies resulted in preliminary findings linking it to memory and stress regulation.
In order to look deeper into this relationship, researchers had eight men and women aged 60 and over take daily supplements containing 300 mg of PS and 37.5 mg of the two most important omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA.
After 6 weeks of supplementation, the researchers ran tests to measure memory recall and found that participants given the supplements performed 42% better when asked to recall words after a delay.
The researchers noted that this study supports data from more short term studies conducted previously and should set the stage for large clinical trials on the effects of PS and omega-3 on memory among mature adults.
Although more in depth studies will need to be conducted to confirm the cognitive benefits of PS, omega-3 already has an abundance of science backing its benefits.
An increasing amount of science has found a relationship between omega-3's and cognitive function but the bulk of research still surrounds its ability to significantly boost heart health. Previous studies have also found that omega-3's may reduce the risk of age-related vision loss and even help improve your mood.
Taking a high quality supplement is a good way to increase omega-3 intake, just be sure that the supplement you choose is certified for purity and high in DHA and EPA, the two most important omega-3 fatty acids. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna are also high in omega-3's.