Many people in Houston enjoy a drink every now and then as they catch up with friends or wind down from a hectic day at work. In fact, an occasional glass of red wine has been shown to improve heart health thanks to the natural compound resveratrol. However, drinking alcohol in excess can threaten your aging longevity in many ways, causing extensive liver damage and even increasing the risk of dementia.
Recently, scientists from Loyola University near Chicago discovered that this possibility, at least, may be mitigated to some degree. According to a press release distributed by ScienceDaily, the researchers used an animal model to determine if omega-3 fatty acids – which are known to promote cognitive ability – could protect the brain from the ravages of alcohol.
The scientists administered omega-3 supplements to a group of rats that were then exposed to alcohol. They noted that the beneficial compounds reduced the inflammation and cell death that alcohol abuse can cause in the brain.
"Fish oil has the potential of helping preserve brain integrity in abusers," said lead author Michael Collins, PhD. He added, though, that people should still be cautious about alcohol consumption if they wish to age gracefully. "We don't want people to think it's okay to take a few fish oil capsules and then continue to go on abusing alcohol," he said.
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