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Editor's e-Note
Will Omega-3s Help Keep Your Marbles?

There are many foods, nutrients, and supplements that have been touted to improve various aspects of brain health. Omega-3 fatty acids, in food and supplement form in particular, have been proclaimed as nutrients that can boost cognition in seniors.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) examines the latest evidence to determine whether omega-3s actually can enhance cognitive health in older adults.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the June/July issue, which includes articles on postbiotics, social determinants of health, obesity, pancreatitis, and solutions for food waste, climate change, and hunger.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Omega-3 Fats and Cognitive Health
By Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD

As clients and patients age, concerns about developing chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer increase. But so does the desire to remain mentally sharp. Interest in preventing or delaying Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other forms of cognitive decline is strong, giving rise to several brain health claims associated with certain foods, nutrients, and supplements.

For example, many older adults take omega-3 fatty acids in supplement form to help prevent age-related cognitive decline. But does the research match the hype? It’s well documented that omega-3s—especially DHA and EPA, the types found in fish and seafood—are critical for prenatal and early childhood brain development, in part because the brain contains a high level of omega-3s. But what might this mean for adult brains?

Much of the focus on omega-3s and adult health has centered on heart health, and what’s good for the heart may be good for the brain—after all, stroke is one type of CVD. But research on omega-3s and cognitive health is less robust. A 2020 study that drew data from the 2011–2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that omega-3 intake might be inversely associated with low cognitive performance in adults older than age 60. The authors say this is biologically plausible, but the findings must be confirmed by long-term prospective studies.1

A 2020 World Health Organization–funded systematic review and meta-analysis examined 38 randomized controlled trials that compared higher vs lower intake of omega-3 fatty acids from supplements or foods, as well as studies that simply advised the intervention group to alter their intake. The included studies were published between 1978 and 2018, with an average duration of 21 months. The shortest trials included were 24 weeks in length, because other research suggests this is the minimum duration of supplementation needed to balance levels of omega-3s in the brain.2

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Rethinking Restrictive Diets: Helping Clients with Food Sensitivities Navigate a More Varied Diet for Improved Success
Join Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, CPT, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from 2–3 PM EDT, as she discusses how following a varied diet can improve overall nutrition status and compliance, and allow individuals with food sensitivities a more varied menu while still feeling their best. Sponsored and accredited by The a2 Milk Company. Register Now »

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Field Notes
Do Warning Labels Help People Choose More Healthful Drinks?

Warning labels on sugary drinks may lead to more healthful drink choices, according to a new analysis of more than 20 studies examining these warnings. The findings could help inform policymakers, who are increasingly interested in implementing policies requiring warning labels for sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda, sports drinks, or fruit-flavored drinks.

“Our findings suggest that sugary drink warnings help consumers better understand products’ healthfulness and encourage consumers to make healthier choices about what drinks to buy,” says research team leader Anna H. Grummon, PhD, a David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “These results highlight the potential usefulness of sugary drink warning policies in both informing consumers and reducing consumption of unhealthful beverages like sodas, energy drinks, and fruit-flavored drinks.”

Grummon presented the research as part of NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE, a virtual conference hosted by the American Society for Nutrition.

“As policymakers’ interest in this policy has grown, so too has research on sugary drink warnings,” says the study’s coauthor Marissa G. Hall, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “However, skeptics worry that warnings won’t be effective at informing consumers or encouraging healthier choices, and no research had synthesized existing evidence on sugary drink warnings to address these questions.”

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RD Lounge Blog
Promoting Better Sleep
Joanna Foley, RD, CLT

If your clients or patients have complained about not getting enough sleep, know they’re not alone. It’s estimated that about 68% of Americans struggle with obtaining quality sleep at least once per week, and about 1 in 3 American adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis.

What’s causing this? And why does it matter so much? In this blog, you’ll learn how to educate your clients about the basic recommendations for sleep, the negative consequences of not getting enough, practices to help improve sleep hygiene, and the best foods and supplements you can recommend to help support better sleep.

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Other News
New NIH Research Goals Focus on Precision Medicine
Over the next 10 years, the NIH (National Institutes of Health) plan to answer four key questions about nutrition and human health, with a focus on precision medicine, Healio reports.

Some Quarantine Eating Habits Healthful
In Prevention, an RD argues that some consumer eating habits should continue after quarantine, citing behaviors such as cooking at home more, eating more plants and less meat, and consuming larger breakfasts.
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