Health Team

Study looks at fish oil in treating Alzheimer’s

DHA, a key ingredient found in fish oil, could be a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Posted Updated

A new study examined if DHA, a key ingredient found in fish oil, could be a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looks at the real value of DHA in slowing the rate of a patient’s mental decline.

A number of studies have shown the substance, a key ingredient in fish oil, is depleted in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients brains.

Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University looked at 402 Alzheimer’s patients over an 18-month period, giving one group DHA and a second a placebo.

“It turns out that this substance did not slow the rate of progression in people who already had a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Joseph F. Quinn.

There was no evidence that the DHA had any adverse effects on the participants in the trial.

Researchers measured a number of factors, including mental function.

Image

 Credits

Allen Mask, M.D., Reporter
Rick Armstrong, Producer
Kelly Gardner, Web Editor

Copyright 2023 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.