YES to Omega-3s, but NO to Supplements

We recently wrote about omega-3 supplements, one of the most popular supplements among adults. Contrary to popular belief, these supplements have not been shown to increase cognitive function in adults. Omega-3 supplements don’t improve memory or problem solving, nor do they benefit processing speed and executive function.

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More Bad News for Omega-3 Supplements

Not long ago, we wrote about a study published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, showing omega-3 supplements’ lack of improvement on cognitive function. Recently, another study published in JAMA found similarly disappointing results regarding omega-3 fatty acids’ effect on cognitive function. Here’s what this new study adds to the story:

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More Supplements in the Spotlight: Calcium

“Calcium Doesn’t Boost Bone Health” was the headline in a recent Newsweek article, implying that perhaps that glass of milk wasn’t as important as our parents made us believe. This statement stems from a recent meta-analysis—a statistical review of many independent studies—published in the British Medical Journal.

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Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: Is There a Link Between Genes and Side Effects?

It’s National Cholesterol Education Month, so let’s talk about statins (drugs like Lipitor and Zocor), which are widely prescribed to help lower cholesterol—especially as we age. As highlighted in a recent NPR article, some people are concerned about adverse effects of statins, noting that the drugs might…

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