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Over 50-year-olds buying fish oil supplements to boost their brains "wasting their money" – The Sun.



Older Britons should not waste their money on buying brain-enhancing supplements such as fish oil, experts warn.

Instead, they should invest in a pair of hiking boots and eat plenty of salmon and trout if they want to fight off dementia.

   The elderly Britons were told that brain-feeding supplements are a waste of money.

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The older Britons were told that brain-feeding supplements are a waste of money. Credit: Alamy [19659007] A comprehensive review by the Global Council on Brain Health revealed that there is "no convincing evidence" of dietary supplements designed to improve the thinking, memory, or effectiveness of Alzheimer's symptoms.

Fish oil pills are often marketed as a means of improving brain performance – and millions of Britons take the over-the-counter capsules daily.

The report states that retirees can source all the essential nutrients from a healthy diet. Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables has been repeatedly associated with better brain health.

Sarah Lenz Lock, General Manager of the GCBH, said: "Instead of buying a dietary supplement, spend money on new walking shoes or a salmon meal."

In 2016, the British spent £ 906 million on nutritional supplements.

WITHOUT EVIDENCE OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENTARY WORK

The Global Council is an independent collaboration of scientists, health professionals, scientists and policy experts.

The review focused on over-50s, taking into account the evidence for a range of vitamins and supplements.

In a consensus statement, the council said, "For most people, the best way to maintain your brain health nutrients is a healthy diet.

The report recommends the consumption of oily fish as potentially beneficial.

There was, however, "insufficient evidence" for the use of omega-3 fish oil supplements.

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK Charit The Director said: " These excellent experts have come to the conclusion that taking supplements to boost your brain health will be of no use in later life, so we advise older people to save their money and spend it on a healthy and delicious diet instead choosing fruits and vegetables. "[19659011] ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE WELL-BEING

Dr Jana Voigt, Research Director at Alzheimer Research UK, said: "It is important to understand how our diet affects the health of our brains as we age as we prevent dementia. We welcome this independent, comprehensive report from the Global Council on Brain Health, which concluded There is no good evidence to suggest that a particular dietary supplement can improve brain health. According to an NHS watchdog, people with dementia should be offered better quality of life.

Health chiefs are to provide a range of well-being activities to the 850,000 Britons affected by the disease. If you pet cats and dogs, you may also be interested in choirs, art, gardening, mindfulness and exercise.

Dementia sufferers should be able to select hobbies that they enjoy, according to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy General Manager and Director of Health and Social Services at NICE, said: "People with dementia may find it harder to participate in activities, engage socially, maintain their independence, communicate effectively, control itself feel and take care of themselves.

"Enjoyable and healthy activities such as music or reminiscent therapy can be helpful."