A limited pilot study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has indicated that vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may help the immune system of the human body to be able to reduce amyloid plaque levels. Amyloid plaque buildup is one of the defining traits among Alzheimer’s disease patients.
Within this study, the researchers were able to identify the genes and the signaling networks that are controlled by the DHA omega-3 fatty acid and by vitamin D3. It showed that they may play an important role to boost the clearing of amyloid plaque and to reduce inflammation, the combination of which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
The research was conducted by Milan Fiala and team at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.
They found that the supplementation of active forms of vitamin D and omega-3 bettered the ability of a study patient’s body to clear away amyloid-beta, when compared to the results from patients who did not receive the supplementation. Both of these nutrients also helped to prevent cellular death that is typically initiated by that amyloid-beta.
Dr. Filia concluded that a carefully balanced vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation may one day be prescribed to Alzheimer’s disease patients in order to improve the clearing of amyloid plaques in the brain.
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