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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:43 PM Feb 2013

Vitamin D, omega-3 may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer's [View all]

[font face=Serif][font size=5]Vitamin D, omega-3 may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer's[/font]
Date: 02/05/2013
Contact: Rachel Champeau

[font size=3]A team of academic researchers has pinpointed how vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may enhance the immune system's ability to clear the brain of amyloid plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease.

In a small pilot study published in the Feb. 5 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, the scientists identified key genes and signaling networks regulated by vitamin D3 and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) that may help control inflammation and improve plaque clearance.

Previous laboratory work by the team helped clarify key mechanisms involved in helping vitamin D3 clear amyloid-beta, the abnormal protein found in the plaque. The new study extends the previous findings with vitamin D3 and highlights the role of omega-3 DHA.

"Our new study sheds further light on a possible role for nutritional substances such as vitamin D3 and omega-3 in boosting immunity to help fight Alzheimer's," said study author Dr. Milan Fiala, a researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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I'm all for that. Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #1
I know, I've got that plaquey feeling flamingdem Feb 2013 #6
Ibtl. n/t 2on2u Feb 2013 #2
Good news! KT2000 Feb 2013 #3
Sounds like good advice. Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #4
I believe that studies have shown that turmeric affects amyloid plaque as well BuddhaGirl Feb 2013 #5
D3 is turning out to be the real thing flamingdem Feb 2013 #7
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