Breaking News

Vitamins and Omega 3s Linked to Better Cognitive Function

December 28, 2011

Higher levels of vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids were tied to better cognitive function and brain volume in elderly subjects, according to research published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Higher levels of vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids were tied to better cognitive function and brain volume in elderly subjects, according to research published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Researchers examined the cross-sectional relationship between nutrient status and psychometric and imaging indices of brain health in dementia-free elders.

Thirty plasma biomarkers of diet were assayed in the Oregon Brain Aging Study cohort (n = 104). Principal component analysis constructed nutrient biomarker patterns (NBPs) and regression models assessed the relationship of these with cognitive and MRI outcomes.

Mean age was 87 ± 10 years and 62% of subjects were female. Two NBPs associated with more favorable cognitive and MRI measures: one high in plasma vitamins B (B1, B2, B6, folate, and B12), C, D and E, and another high in plasma marine omega 3 fatty acids. A third pattern characterized by high trans fat was associated with less favorable cognitive function and less total cerebral brain volume. Depression attenuated the relationship between the marine omega 3 pattern and white matter hyperintensity volume.

Authors concluded that distinct nutrient biomarker patterns detected in plasma account for a significant degree of variance in both cognitive function and brain volume. Objective and multivariate approaches to the study of nutrition in brain health warrant further study. Findings should be confirmed in a separate population, they added. 

blog comments powered by Disqus
  • Nutricosmetics: Confined to Underdog Status or Opportunity to Outshine?

    Nutricosmetics: Confined to Underdog Status or Opportunity to Outshine?

    Nicholas Micallef, Euromonitor International||September 1, 2015
    Growing awareness that beauty is a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle is compelling more consumers to exercise and maintain a balanced diet.

  • Nature-Based Adipose Management Cosmetics

    Nature-Based Adipose Management Cosmetics

    John Stanek, Melinda Wochner and Shyam Gupta, CoValence Laboratories and Bioderm Research||September 1, 2015
    The number of scientifically driven topical ingredients for body sculpting and adipose management is quickly growing.

  • Are You Aging Well?

    Are You Aging Well?

    Mark Menolascino, MD, Meno Clinic Center for Advanced Medicine||September 1, 2015
    How the future of anti-aging medicine and targeted nutritional supplementation will help achieve the optimal aging process.

  • 1Above Takes Flight

    1Above Takes Flight

    Lisa Olivo, Associate Editor||September 2, 2015
    A new line of functional drinks, shots and supplements targets weary travelers.

  • What’s in a Meal?

    What’s in a Meal?

    Jeremy Kerstetter, Assistant Editor||August 27, 2015
    Book reveals the correlation between certain foods, supplements and the successful management of pain and inflammation.

  • The Future of Specialty Ingredients

    The Future of Specialty Ingredients

    Lisa Olivo, Associate Editor||June 4, 2015
    Euromonitor discusses a push toward food and beverages with added value.