If Fish Is Brain Food, Can Fish Oil Pills Boost Our Brains, Too?

Sep 01, 2015 08:00 PM EDT | By abbie uychiat


Fish isn't given much attention in terms of a healthy diet. It is often neglected and set aside. As per NPR, Americans eat about 3.5 ounces of seafood per week. It was then reported that sea food consumption of more than 8 ounces can aid in reducing the risk of death and other cardiovascular diseases. Additional studies have liked a regular consumption of fish could lower the risk of cognitive decline as we age.

 A researcher from the National Institutes of Health, Joseph Hibben cited one of the benefits that we can get from fish.

"Omega-3s found in fish are important, we think, because they reduce inflammation and help neurons function well,"

Some adults however would rather take the Omega 3 supplement in lieu of eating their sea food. A new study then emerged which was published in "Journal of the American Medical Association" shows that these Omega 3 supplements doesn't necessarily aid in saving cognitive decline in older adults.

A study involving 3,500 participants involving both men and women was conducted. A group agreed to take either a daily supplement that included two omega-3 fatty acids (650 mg of EPA and 350mg of DHA) or a placebo pill. 

The researcher, Emily Chew then informed The Salt that:

"The hypothesis was that the supplements would have an effect, but "we found there was absolutely no effect on the cognitive decline in this group over time"  

Participants already demonstrated early signs of AMD, which is one of the leading causes of vision loss among older adults. This condition is said to increase the risks of having cognitive decline.

Joseph Hibben then stated:

"It may be that at age 73, it's already too late to change your diet and change the course of your risk of cognitive decline"

Though is focused on Omega 3 and its correlation towards cognitive effects, Web Md however was able to cite numerous benefits that Omega 3 can give our bodies. It is advised to consult your physician first before taking the supplement.  

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