Description: Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that have been shown to be essential nutrients for health. They are involved in numerous normal body functions, such as in the control of blood clotting and maintenance of neuronal cell membranes, and they are also involved in protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. This interesting book presents up-to-date information about the role of omega-3 fatty acids in brain and health and disease.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to "review the role and effect of various intakes of omega-3 fatty acids on cognitive function in normal aging, dementia and its treatment, multiple other neurological diseases, and the progression of multiple sclerosis and related disorders, citing research that supports the use of dietary and food sources to increase omega-3 fatty acid intake to promote health."
Audience: The target audience ostensibly is health professionals and researchers in neuroscience and related fields. Written and edited by researchers in the field, this is a welcome addition to the field.
Features: The book contains everything you need to know about omega-3 fatty acids, with chapters covering such topics as longevity, molecular gerontology, peroxisomal pathways, unregulated lipid peroxidation, obesity and the Western diet, genetic factors for diabetic neuropathy, stress and neuroinflammation, fatty acid amides and the brain, development of visual connection and critical periods, maternal and child health, pain, age-related memory decline, clinical and major depression, ADHD, the aging brain, cerebrovascular changes, Alzheimer's disease, substantia nigra modulation, hippocampal neurogenesis, imaging brain DHA metabolism in vivo, obesity and migraine, pregnancy and the developing brain, obstructive sleep apnea, intellectual disability and schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, aggression, mitochondrial diseases, excessive doses and contaminants. Each chapter ends with relevant and timely citations of the scientific literature and the index was helpful.
Assessment: This unique encyclopedic work is a great resource for anyone interested in this ubiquitous and fascinating fatty acid. I highly recommend it.