Updated: Nov 6
Consuming higher levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) is associated with larger hippocampal volumes and better abstract reasoning in healthy middle-aged adults, new research shows.
The results suggest the brain-boosting benefits of omega-3 PUFAs begin in midlife, lead study author Claudia L. Satizabal, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Texas, San Antonio, told Medscape Medical News.
"Patients should be encouraged to increase their intake of omega 3 either with their diet or supplements, although diet is better," Satizabal said.
The findings were published online October 5 in Neurology.