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,
    >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]
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    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.

    Matti Narkia