New study says omega-3 memory benefits may be overrated – CBS Pittsburgh


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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – New research raises doubts as to whether foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and nuts, can save your memory as you age.

Iowa researchers tracked more than 2,000 women ages 65 and older for an average of six years. They found no relationship between the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in women’s blood and their cognitive abilities as they got older.

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However, experts say the study is limited as it only measures omega-3 levels in the bloodstream.

“You cannot conclude from this study that omega-3s in your diet are not important to your brain health,” says Dr. Peter Whitehouse, neurologist at the University Hospital’s Case Medical Center.

The researchers themselves say people shouldn’t change their diet based on their study. Fish and nuts are still good for you.

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“They are important for practically all aspects of body health, especially the heart. They can also affect other factors such as cancer risk,” continues Dr. Whitehouse gone.

Julia Amezqua says she and all of her friends eat fish and take omega-3 supplements.

“I’ll still take it because I think it’s good for you,” she says.

Fish and nuts are great alternatives to red meat and high-fat dairy products that are high in saturated fats.

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