Alzheimer’s disease, aspirin, and DHA

9 Jul

Alzheimer’s disease is known to involve inflammatory processes. Many hold out hope that a regular regime of aspirin (an anti-inflammatory agent) might reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. However, research results have been mixed. For example, here is one study that found a protective effect with high dose aspirin and a small, but not statistically significant, effect for low dose aspirin.

Now a paper, published in the journal Aging and Disease, speculates that aspirin and DHA together might offers protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

One final note, fish oil is not the best way add DHA to your diet. As Dr. Gregor points out:

“People consuming fish and fish oil may exceed the World Health Organization’s daily safety limit for dioxins and dioxin-like substances, such as PCBs, which reduces value of fish as a DHA source. In fact, fish oil may be so contaminated, it may even increase inflammatory markers”

There are now plant based DHA supplements available. I use  DEVA No Fish Vegan DHA 



One Response to “Alzheimer’s disease, aspirin, and DHA”


  1. Using Google Scholar | peakmemory - July 10, 2013

    […] published research and patents. Let’s say we were interested in the reading the research on aspirin and Alzheimer’s disease. All we would have to do is to open Google Scholar and enter the relevant search […]

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