Fish oil could aid Alzheimer's patients

January 19, 2009 8:57:53 AM PST
Fish oil supplements could help Alzheimer's patients maintain a healthy weight, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Many people begin losing weight in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and get thinner as the disease progresses.

Doctors in Sweden noticed that people with Alzheimer's disease have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which drop further as the disease progresses. They randomly assigned 204 patients fish oil supplements or placebos for 6 months.

In their study, the fish oil improved patients appetites and the student participants gained an average of 1.5 to 3 pounds after one year.