Can Omega-3 Help With Memory Impairment?

Can Omega-3 Help With Memory Impairment?

Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet. Your body needs carbohydrates for energy, and the best way to get that energy is by eating complex carbohydrates.

There are two types of carbohydrates: complex and simple. Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest. Complex carbohydrates are found in foods such as whole grains, raw fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and fortified breakfast cereals. Refined carbohydrates are stripped of vitamins and minerals during processing. Refined carbohydrates are found in foods such as sugar, white flour, white rice, and pasta.

Refined carbohydrates are quickly broken down and provide energy for your body to use right away. However, your body does not store carbohydrates as energy. Because your body releases energy from the carbohydrates you eat when carbohydrates are needed, eating refined carbohydrates can lead to quickly increasing blood sugar levels.

A common complaint among older people is that they can’t remember things. But memory loss is not always associated with old age and dementia. It can be the result of something as simple as a lack of sleep, or stress, or a diet high in refined carbohydrates.


Scientists from Ohio State University (OSU) and Inotiv Inc. performed a recent investigation on the processes underlying the neurological impacts of processed meals and the possibility of improving these effects by supplementing omega 3.

They showed that the memory functions of processed meals in rats are affected, but not younger ones, and that this is associated with higher indications of inflammation. Nevertheless, these benefits improved by supplementing Omega-3.

“Yes, many studies, including our own, have focused on high fat and high sugar diets being detrimental to memory function, but few have examined the short-term effects of a highly processed diet. Given that many processed diets are low in fat, we had our doubts that we’d see any significant results. Not only did we observe very significant memory impairments, [but] we also saw significant weight gain with this diet,” explained the lead author of the study.

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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