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Eating fish is good for your brain

April 5, 2011
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A new study shows that people eating fish may have less chance of dementia. Dementia is a loss of brain function.
The study was of a 15,000 people over 65 years of age living in China, India, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico and Peru and the Dominican Republic.
The more fish they ate, the less dementia they had.
People eating fish nearly every day had less dementia than those who ate fish just a few days a week. Adults who ate fish a few days a week had less dementia than those who ate no fish at all.
The study said the opposite is true for meat. The more meat you eat, the more likely you are to have dementia.

Fish, especially oily fish, may protect against dementia. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Oily fish include:

  • Mackerel (fresh or frozen)
  • Tuna (fresh or frozen)
  • Trout (fresh or frozen)
  • Mackerel (canned in tomato sauce or brine)
  • Salmon (fresh or frozen)
  • Sardines (canned in tomato sauce)
  • Herring (fresh or frozen)
  • Salmon (canned in brine)
  • Crab (canned in brine)
  • Cod (fresh or frozen)
  • Haddock (fresh or frozen)

The findings are in the August issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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