In fact, in a new study, Omega-3 supplements had little or no real effect on cognitive abilities and those tested didn't perform better on standard tests of mental abilities, memory or verbal fluency than those who took placebos.
But that doesn't mean that's the final word: more testing needs to be done!
The thing is, it might take the benefits longer to show up than however long the testing took place. Cognitive decline and dementia also take several years to develop, and researchers saw very little mental decline in anybody they tested, so they still need to figure out the longer-term effects of omega-3 supplementation!
Plus, it isn't saying that a diet naturally high in omega-3s — from fish, for example — isn’t good for your health. It still helps your heart, and could have other benefits as well.
Also, what's good for the heart is also good for the brain: get regular exercise, eat well and keep your weight and blood pressure down!
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