Study links circulating fatty acids with lower risk of brain lesions

10/20/2013 | Medical News Today

Older adults with high omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid levels in the blood have reduced risk of small brain infarcts or other lesions that could cause cognitive impairment, stroke and dementia, according to new data. A study of patients ages 65 and older who underwent brain scans, which were repeated after five years, showed that about 20% of healthy patients had silent brain infarcts, but those with high long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content in their blood had a 40% lower risk of brain lesions and had better white matter condition in their brains. The study appeared in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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