The next four most-read articles concern fish oil and/or omega-3s. Taking the #6 spot is our article from July about a study from Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, which found that fish oil supplements may produce beneficial structural changes in the brain.
Findings published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia indicated that fish oil supplements may conserve brain volume and cognition across the spectrum of normal aging and neurodegeneration.
“This study is the first to report an association between fish oil supplements use and brain structural changes in all three cognitive diagnostic groups; these findings may suggest a potential role for fish oil supplements by reducing neurodegeneration over time,” wrote the researchers. “The neuroprotective activities of n-3 PUFAs may be largely mediated through vascular effects; however, other mechanisms have been proposed, including the activities of neuroprotectin D1 (NPD1), a potent lipid mediator synthesized from DHA during periods of oxidative stress.”