Recent Study Shows Fish Oil Ingredient DHA Does Not Slow Alzheimer’s Disease

By on Nov 3, 2010 in Health, Science Comments

Fish OilAccording to international news reports, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) does not appear to slow the mental decline of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

According to Steven H. Ferris, Ph.D., the director of the Aging and Dementia Research Center at New York University, DHA or fish-oil supplements aren’t likely to cause any harm to Alzheimer’s patients, but they aren’t likely to do any good either.

Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s were given supplements by the researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University. For 18 months, almost 300 patients were given either the supplement or a placebo. Then, they scanned their brain for shrinkage and gave them standard cognitive tests.

The result shows that there is no difference between the people on the DHA and on the people taking the placebo. That tells us that these fish oil supplements does not really help in slowing down Alzheimer‘s disease.

You can read the full text of the study on the JAMA website.

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