Alzheimer’s disease Symptoms of Depression and Agitation improved with Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements

Alzheimer’s disease Symptoms of Depression and Agitation improved with Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements

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[Best Syndication] Researchers from the Swedish medical university of Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University conducted a clinical study of the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplements on Alzheimer’s patients. The study results suggest that omega-3 supplements have helped on some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s including depression and agitation.

Researchers studied 200 patients with mild Alzheimer’s for a one year period. They assigned half to take an omega-3 supplement and the other half to take a placebo.

While there was no measurable therapeutic benefit of the omega-3 group compared to the placebo group, they did notice that some patients that have a APOE?4 gene susceptibly did benefit. The carriers of this gene showed an improvement in agitation symptoms compared to the placebo group. Those that were not carriers of the APOE?4 gene showed improvement in depression when taking the omega-3 supplement.

The researchers say that since this study is on a small scale it would be difficult to recommend taking omega-3 supplements for any treatment or therapeutic benefit in treating Alzheimer’s patients. They would like to study the effects of omega-3 with a larger study and with more advanced neuropsychiatric symptoms.

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By Mark Barone
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