An estimated 1 in 3 adults in the United States has Alzheimer’s disease. While we know that Alzheimer’s is connected to plaques that grow on the brain, recent research suggests that it may also be linked to fatty acids that have been found in the brain.
A new study looked at the role that fatty acids found in the brain tissue of healthy seniors play. During this study, researchers analyzed over 100 different fatty acid metabolites found in the brain tissues of senior volunteers. Researchers found six unsaturated fatty acids (UFAs) that appeared to be connected with Alzheimer’s and the plaques it always forms.
The work done in this study may suggest that there is a correlation between the buildup of certain fatty acids and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. However, more studies are needed to try to determine what that connection actually is and if that means there may be a way to prevent certain types of dementia.