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Concussions May Be More Hazardous for People at Risk for Alzheimer’s

For people who carry genes linked to Alzheimer's, blows to the head may entail an added risk. New research suggests that people who have had a concussion can experience more memory problems and atrophy in areas of the brain that are typically damaged by the disease if they have those high-risk genes.

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Dr. Barry Sears

Any concussion that induces brain trauma can only be resolved with the increased generation of resolvins. Resolvins are formed from omega-3 fatty acids in the blood that have to transported into the brain.  Those the have a genetic risk for Alzheimer’s also tend to have low levels of transport of omega-3 fatty acids into the brain.  The way to overcome this genetically low transport is to increase the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood that is easily done by supplementation with high-dose fish oil.

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