What’s the link between omega oils and dementia?

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that an imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet may contribute to an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, found in fish and fish oil supplements, are known to have anti-inflammatory properties and have been found to play a role in brain function and cognitive development. Studies have shown that low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet may be associated with cognitive decline and an increased risk of cognitive disorders such as dementia.

Dementia is a general term for a decline in cognitive function that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and it’s characterized by the gradual destruction of memory and other cognitive abilities.

Omega-3 fatty acids may help protect the brain against the effects of inflammation and oxidative stress, which are thought to play a role in the development of dementia. Studies have found that people who consume more omega-3 fatty acids may have a lower risk of developing dementia and cognitive decline.

While the link between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and dementia is still being studied, it’s important to consume a diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish, flaxseed, and walnuts, and to limit the intake of processed foods and high-omega-6 vegetable oils, in order to maintain a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet.

It’s also important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have any concerns about your dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In clinic we will evaluate your individual needs using blood test based nutrition and provide the best advice on how to achieve the best balance of these essential fatty acids to relieve you of the symptoms and inflammation you may be experiencing. Book your consultation today.

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