Omega-3 Supplements May Not Improve Cognitive Function In Older People

The Washington Post (8/26, Sun) “To Your Health” blog reports that taking omega-3 supplements does not “slow cognitive decline,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study enrolled 4,000 older participants “who were at risk for developing age-related macular degeneration” in order to investigate the possible cognitive benefits of omega-3 supplements. National Eye Institute Deputy Clinical Director Elizabeth Chew and her team found that consuming these supplements had “no statistically significant effect on cognitive function.” Chew concluded, “The supplements just don’t cut it,” adding, “If people are thinking [taking them] is going to help cognitive function, it’s not going to do so among the older age group.”

Related Links:

— “Omega 3 is still good for the brain. But ‘fish oil supplements just don’t cut it.’,” Lena H. Sun, Washington Post, August 25, 2015.

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