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Fish oil 'good for protection against Alzheimer's'

Fish oil 'good for protection against Alzheimer's'
20th April 2009

A recent study has found that a fatty acid has a molecule in it which is capable of protecting healthy cells from toxic proteins surrounding them and causing such things as Alzheimer's disease.

The Neuroscience Center of Excellence, with funding from the National Eye Institute, understood that omega three found in fish has a molecule known as neuroprotectin D1 (NPD1) which is able to aid the body in encountering diseases which affect the eyes, speech and movement.

Dr Nicolas Bazan, the lead author of the report, stated that experiments prove in principle that NPD1 can be applied through therapeutic methods to combat a number of neurodegenerative diseases.

He added: "Furthermore, this study provides the basis of new therapeutic approaches to manipulate retinal pigment epithelial cells to be used as a source of NPD1 to treat patients with disorders characterised by this mutation like Parkinson's, Retinitis Pigmentosa and some forms of Alzheimer's Disease."

Last week, the Alzheimer's Research Trust stated that the government needed to put more money into the funding of research to combat the disease, particularly after it implemented the National Dementia Strategy.