DHA Offsets Genetic Weakness that Contributes to Alzheimer’s

Thursday, March 17, 2011
By: Byron J. Richards,
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Using nutrition to help compensate for gene weaknesses is a hot topic in today’s scientific research.  A case in point is the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. 50% of patients have an active “bad” ApoE4 gene, which attaches to cell receptors on the surfaces of brain cells and causes these receptors to act like Velcro to attract amyloid beta protein and contributes to forming the brain tangles of Alzheimer’s. New research shows that intake of fish oil like DHA1 can offset this genetic weakness and help prevent the problem.

Since 15% of the U.S. population carries the ApoE4 gene, this finding is of huge significance to the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease that is now predicted to rapidly worsen over the next few decades. Don’t be one of the casualties. Take your DHA for optimal brain health. A number of other nutrients have also been shown to help reduce amyloid beta accumulation including grape seed extract, green tea, fisetin, silymarin, l-theanine, mangosteen, and taurine.


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ DHA, ApoE4, and Alzheimer’s Risk    Daniel Michaelson, George S. Wise

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