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October 12, 2009 • Brain Health, Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living

Go Fish!

Once again, regular consumption of fish proves to be a very wise move – literally.  Reporting in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that as the intake of fish increased – the risk of dementia decreased.  The study included over 15,000 older adults from 7 different countries.  For those who reported consuming fish most or all days of the week, the risk of dementia declined by 38% versus those who rarely ate fish.  The study also found those who consumed the most meat, had a higher rate or dementia versus non-meat eaters.  Scientists attribute fishes’ long-chained omega 3 fats as the likely brain-protective ingredient.  Salmon, sardines, herring, lake trout, and canned chunk-lite tuna are excellent choices in this regard.  Strictly avoid the “dirty” fish – shark, marlin, king mackerel, tile fish, and sword fish due to toxins that your brain definitely does not like.