A UNIVERSITY of Newcastle nutritional study will test whether the fish oil taken with the spice curcumin can boost blood flow in the brain and enhance cognitive performance.
Coordinator Dr Rachel Wong said they believe that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, may potentiate effects of the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil on brain function.
The research team is looking for adults aged between 50 and 80, who consume little or no fish or fish oil, to take part in the trial.
They expect that the combination of fish oil and curcumin will be especially beneficial for those carrying excess weight or doing insufficient physical activity.
They hope to recruit 160 overweight adults to take part in the 16-week study.
“The demands of a hectic lifestyle can make it difficult for people to maintain a balanced diet and find time to exercise, which contributes to chronic low-grade inflammation in blood vessels,” Dr Wong said.
Volunteers can find out more via 4921 8616.