Recent study suggests that Alzheimer’s patients taking docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) might improve memory, especially among older people with cognitive problems. Researchers found that DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid when taken for six months or more improved memory in healthy, older adults with milder issues.

"The results of this study are very encouraging for those consumers concerned about maintaining memory. We know that lower DHA levels are associated with cognitive decline in healthy elderly and Alzheimer’s patients, and higher DHA levels help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease," said Duffy MacKay, N.D., vice president, scientific & regulatory affairs, for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

"Memory loss, dementia, and the development of Alzheimer’s disease are prominent health concerns for older individuals. The more we learn about the valuable role DHA plays in supporting brain function, the more options aging Americans have towards managing cognitive decline."

In their study of 485 subjects, researchers said they observed impact of DHA before there could be any high progression in the disease.

"This study reinforces the principle that consumers will reap the most benefit from their DHA supplements-and many supplements-when they are taken over time and before a health concern is imminent," continued Dr. MacKay. "When included as a part of a proactive health regimen that includes a well-balanced diet, regular physical activity and routine visits with a healthcare professional, dietary supplements offer an important tool to help support many systems in the body, including memory and cognitive function."