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Story Updated: Sep 27, 2013

Many of us make sure fish, nuts and other foods rich in Omega-3s are part of our diets. Studies have been published suggesting they support an aging brain.

But now, there's some news to the contrary.

A brand new study, just published in the journal Neurology, finds that Omega-3's may not provide a protective effect in older women.

The study involved more than 22-hundred women, 65 to 80 years old ... who were given annual memory and thinking tests over the course of six years.

Blood tests were taken to measure the amount of omega-3s in the participants' blood before the start of the study.

Researchers found no difference between the women with high and low levels of omega-3s in the blood at the time of the first memory tests.

There was also no difference between the two groups in how fast their thinking skills declined over time.

Despite these findings, the researchers do not recommend people change their eating habits. They say omega-3s continue to be studied for their potential heart, blood vessel and brain benefits.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the health news that matters to you.

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