Regular Fish Oil Consumption Associated With Cognitive Health Support
Fish oil is a dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids which the body needs for many functions, from muscle activity to cell growth. Fish oil is rich in 2 omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). A new study has found that taking fish oil supplements on a regular basis may help support cognitive health.
For their study, researchers from Southern Medical University used data that included 211.094 adults over the age of 60 who are part of the UK Biobank. None had cognitive impairment or dementia at the beginning of the study. Use of fish oil supplements was assessed at baseline. Participants were followed for an average of 12 years and all incidences of cognitive impairment were recorded.
The researchers found that regular fish oil consumption may have a protective effect against certain age- related loss in cognitive function and impairment. In general, the association was strongest in men.
The study was published online ahead of print on September 7, 2022 in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.
A previous study found that multivitamins may help support cognitive health.