Vitamins and Omega-3s Linked to Sharper Brains

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Bottle of Fish Oil (image courtesy of John Kasawa/

The study looked at 104 adults, average age 87, participating in the Oregon Brain Aging Study who underwent blood testing and cognitive assessment; 42 participants also had MRI scans.

The use of blood levels of nutrients rather than relying on food-frequency questionnaires was important, noted an accompanying editorial.  While eating a balance diet is important to obtain sufficient vitamins and omega-3s, UC Berkeley’s Wellness Guide to Dietary Supplements suggests the use of multivitamin (and fish oil) supplementation is worth considering if you are in one of these groups:


You are…

1. Over 60

2. A woman of childbearing age

3. A strict vegetarian

4. On a weight-loss diet

5. Do not eat a balanced diet (at least 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, as well as whole grains, low-fat dairy, and small servings of lean meat, poultry, or fish).





About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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