New research published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, could improve the function of the glymphatic system, which facilitates the clearance of waste from the brain, and promote the clearance of metabolites including amyloid-β peptides, a primary culprit in Alzheimer’s disease.
To make this discovery, scientists first used transgenic fat-1 mice, which express high endogenous omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain, to investigate the effect of omega-3 PUFAs on the clearance function of the glymphatic system. Compared to the wild-type mice, the fat-1 mice with enriched endogenous omega-3 PUFAs significantly promote the clearance function of the lymphatic system, including the Aβ clearance from the brain. Wild-type mice were supplemented with fish oil, which contains high concentrations of omega-3 PUFAs, and found that fish oil-supplemented mice also improved the clearance function of the glymphatic system compared to the control mice without fish oil supplementation. Omega-3 PUFAs help maintain the brain homeostasis, which may provide benefits in a number of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and sleep impairment, among others.
Click here to Read the full article: Additional benefit of omega-3 fatty acids for the clearance of metabolites from the brain
Share this entry
- The American Health Council Nursing Board Welcomes Shanna Botos, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC May 25, 2018
- The American Health Council Appoints Amie Swaringen, RN, ADN to Board of Nurses May 24, 2018
- The American Health Council Welcomes Jeremy Orr, MPAS, PA-C to its Board of Physicians May 17, 2018
- The American Health Council Physician Board Welcomes Marvin Faulkner, DO, BA May 10, 2018
- Holly Zastudil, MSN, CNP, RN is Appointed to the American Health Council’s Board of Nurses May 8, 2018
- The American Health Council Appoints Mark Selesnick, MD to Physician Board May 4, 2018