Omega-3s Aim to Please

By Health Day

When it comes to picking foods that can keep your mind sharp, remember the number 3.

Omega-3 fats have a great reputation for protecting your heart health. A new study from the journal Neurology finds more evidence that these can help your brain, too.

More than 1,200 older adults without dementia told the researchers about the foods they usually ate. They also provided a blood sample, which was tested for a protein called beta-amyloid.

Alzheimer's disease is linked to buildup of this protein in the brain. Checking levels in the blood provides a sense of how much has accumulated in the brain.

People who ate more omega-3s had less beta-amyloid in their blood!

The lead researcher on this study has spent a lot of his career looking into the benefits of the Mediterranean diet on brain health. An important ingredient in this diet is fish.

Good fish sources of omega-3s include:

* Salmon

* Mackerel

* Herring

* And lake trout

The Mediterranean diet also emphasizes nuts and seeds. Walnuts and flaxseeds are also good sources of omega-3s. So are walnut and flaxseed oil. Getting more of these foods in your diet may lead to a healthier brain later in life!

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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