Key to a Longer Life? Fatty Fish Twice Weekly

Older adults who regularly eat fish high in omega-3 fatty acids – primarily oily varieties like salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna and trout – may add years to their lives, as compared with those age 65-plus who don’t, new research finds. The fatty-fish eaters may also be able to reduce their chances of dying from heart disease by more than a third. The study of 2,700 adults age 65 or older found that those who had the highest blood levels of …

Do Fish Oil Pills Protect Your Heart? Big Study Says No

For the millions who hoped that popping one of those amber omega-3 fish oil pills every day might protect against heart disease, a major study has disappointing news. The analysis of nearly 70,000 heart patients in 20 studies dating back to 1989 finds that omega-3 doesn’t lower users’ risks of heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease. The study is the latest in a long-running controversy over whether omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel, trout …

Fish Oil Pills: No Help Against Mental Decline

If you’ve been buying omega-3 fish oil pills to help prevent mental decline as you age, save your money. Better yet, use that money to buy real fish. A new analysis of fish oil research finds that omega-3 fatty acid capsules don’t provide any protection against declines in thinking and memory skills among older adults. As Reuters reports, the theory has been that because the brain is rich in the type of polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish oil, adding …

Diets Low in Fish Speed Up Brain Aging

When I was a kid, my Mom used to tell me to eat fish, it would make me smarter. “What does she know?” I’d grump to myself as I picked at my tuna salad. A lot, as it turns out. A new study by Alzheimer’s experts at UCLA’s Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research confirms that motherly advice. The researchers found that people with low blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish not only had smaller brains, they …