Help for Alzheimer’s patients with omega-3 fatty acids supplementation

January 5, 2016   |   Evidence in Integrative Healthcare

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most difficult diagnoses to manage. In a study published in May 2015, omega-3 fatty acids are shown to add cognitive flexibility in this population, which can bring much needed hope to its victims and their caregivers. This 40-patient study with controls, followed healthy adults with genetic markers for the disease. Outcomes may be an indication of a neuro-protective effect when omega-3 fatty acids are added to the diet. Findings show improved cognitive flexibility in later stages; as well as delayed onset with genetic markers. Providers with patients who have the genetic markers may consider adding this supplement before symptoms appear, as well as dosing to improve patients in later stages of diagnosis.