Re: Scientists discover how fish oil protects the brain

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by Matti Narkia, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. Matti Narkia

    Matti Narkia Guest

    12 Sep 2005 15:12:38 -0700 in article
    <[email protected]> "Roman Bystrianyk"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Karen Pallarito, "Scientists discover how fish oil protects the brain",
    >Cincinnati Enquirer, September 12, 2005,
    >Link:
    >http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050912/LIFE07/509120313/1042/LIFE
    >
    >Louisiana State University scientists say they have discovered how the
    >fatty acids found in fish oil help protect the human brain from the
    >type of cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease.
    >
    >Their study shows that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty
    >acid found in coldwater fish such as mackerel, sardines and salmon,
    >reduces levels of a protein known to cause damaging plaques in the
    >brains of Alzheimer's patients.
    >
    >What's more, the researchers discovered that a derivative of DHA, which
    >they dubbed "neuroprotectin D1" (NPD1), is made in the human brain.
    >That natural substance plays a key role, too, in protecting the brain
    >from cell death, the study showed.
    >
    >"Now what does this tell us from the point of view of the disease? I
    >believe that, obviously, diet is a major issue here," said Dr. Nicolas
    >G. Bazan, director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at the
    >Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
    >

    This seems to refer to the same study,

    Lukiw WJ, Cui JG, Marcheselli VL, Bodker M, Botkjaer A, Gotlinger K, Serhan
    CN, Bazan NG.
    A role for docosahexaenoic acid- derived neuroprotectin D1 in neural cell
    survival and Alzheimer disease.
    J Clin Invest. 2005 Sep 8; [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 16151530 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
    <http://www.jci.org/cgi/content/abstract/JCI25420v1>
    <http://www.jci.org/cgi/reprint/JCI25420v1> (full text)
    <http://www.pubmedcentral.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pubmed&pubmedid=16151530>
    (full text)

    which was already mentioned in another today's thread, "DHA is good for the
    brain, helps in Alzheimer's disease". The news report is different though,
    and a lot longer. Thanks.

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    Matti Narkia
     
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