CogniFit's Science blog: Fish Really Is Brain Food

Fish Really Is Brain Food

Did your Mom tell you to eat fish because it’s brain food? Well, there is now scientific evidence showing that Mom was right (wasn’t she always?).

It has been shown that the Omega-3 fatty acids are good for the heart.

Now a large scientific study has shown tht eating fish may also help prevent dementia. In addition, the study shows that the more fish you eat, the less likely you are to get dementia. Conversely, the more meat, especially red meat, you eat, the greater your chances of getting dementia.

The study ws conducted with 15,000 people, ages 65 and older in China, India, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic. People that at fish almost every day were about 20% less likely to develop dementia than people who ate fish only a few days a week.

Adults that ate fish a few times a week were about 20% less likely to develop dementia than people who didn’t eat fish as well.

Again, it is probably the omega-3 fatty acids that are responsible for this. In animal studies, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the build-up of atherosclerotic plaques and may also prevent the amyloid plaques that are characterstic of Alzheimer’s.

So if you have been eating fish because it’s good for your heart, now you know that it’s good for your brain as well.

Bon appetit!