Thursday, December 6, 2012

Omega 3 fatty acids and memory

Research has shown that omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil provide numerous health benefits. The research reviewed investigated if working memory in young adults improved after taking fish oil containing 750 mg of DHA and 930 mg of EPA per day for 6 months (Narendran R, et al.2012).

The participants underwent a working memory task test and red blood cell membrane (RBC) fatty acid composition analysis before the start of the study and at the end after 6 months.

The performance on the working memory task improved after taking the supplements, and was consistent with reports in which higher DHA levels is related to improved cognitive performance.

To read the original abstract, click on the reference below.


Narendran R, Frankle WG, Mason NS, Muldoon MF, Moghaddam B. Improved working memory but no effect on striatal vesicular monoamine transporter type 2 after omega-3 polyunsaturated Fatty Acid supplementation. PLoS One. 2012;7(10):e46832. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046832. Epub 2012 Oct 3.

Published with permission by Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac : Dr. Marsh has worked with and referrers patients to Dr. Sopler for co-management for years . . . He is quite simply San Diego's top functional medicine consultant.

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