Fish Oils May Shield Cells from Effects of Dementia
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – The effects of alcohol-related dementia may be eased by omega-3 fish oils, according to a study from Loyola University Chicago.
The risk of developing dementia has been shown to rise with long-term heavy alcohol use, as alcohol can cause inflammation in the brain. Using this knowledge, researchers exposed rat cells to alcohol amounts four times the legal driving limit. These cells were then compared to cells exposed to the same amount of alcohol and omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid, found in fish oils. Cells exposed to omega-3 showed 90 percent less inflammation and neuronal death compared to those exposed to just alcohol.
"Fish oil has the potential of helping preserve brain integrity in abusers," study author Michael A. Collins, PhD, was quoted as saying. "[But] we don't want people to think it's okay to take a few fish oil capsules and then continue to go on abusing alcohol."
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SOURCE: 14th Congress of the European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, September 2013
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