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Eating the wrong diet could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have found a link between the degenerative brain disease and raised levels of an omega-6 fatty acid.
Researchers compared the brains of mice bred with a condition that mimics Alzheimer’s to those of normal mice. They found higher levels of the omega-6 fat called arachidonic acid in mice with memory loss and confused behavior.
The researchers believe that the substance interferes with the brain’s nerve cells, causing over-stimulation, and that lowering levels would allow the cells to function normally.