Can a dietary tweak prevent memory loss?  My mom is only 64, but she’s already showing early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  I know this condition can be hereditary, but is there anything I can do to lower my risk?

One of your best defenses against Alzheimer’s disease is to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA.  New research shows that DHA strengthens the myelin sheath, the fatty layer that surrounds nerve cells in the brain and ensures they communicate properly.  DHA also thwarts the buildup of memory-depleting amyloid plaques in the brain.  Both effects help prevent Alzheimer’s.  I advise consuming between 200 mg and 500 mg of DHA daily.  One great non-fish source is omega 3-enriched eggs (like Eggland’s Best).  Or try a supplement like Carlson The Very Finest Norwegian Fish Oil, which delivers 100 mg of DHA per softgel.

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