Omega-3 Supplements May Not Be Cutting It

Omega-3 pills are among the most popular dietary
supplements in the US. But these pills may not be living up to their claims. I’m Shelby
Cullinan with your latest health news. A new study from the National Eye Institute
found that omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) supplements may not
safeguard against cognitive decline. The patients participated in the Age-Related Eye Disease
Study 2, which focused on dietary supplement use to protect against age-related eye degeneration.
The first group was given LCPUFAs, while the second group was given LCPUFAs with a combination
of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are nutrients in leafy green vegetables that have been found
to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases. The third group was given a placebo. After
five years, the study team found no differences in cognitive function for any of the three
groups. Researchers noted that healthy lifestyle choices may be more important to preventing
cognitive decline.

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