Preventing brain aging
EATING fish at least once a
week slows the toll aging takes on the brain, a study concluded.
Omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish have been shown to boost brain
functioning as well as cutting the risk of stroke, and eating fish regularly
appears to protect the brain as people age, the six-year study of Chicago
"The rate of ( mental ) decline was reduced by 10 per cent to 13 per cent
per year among persons who consumed one or more fish meals per week compared
with those with less than weekly consumption," wrote Martha Clare Morris of
Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago.
"The rate reduction is the equivalent of being three to four years
younger in age," she added in the report published online by the Archives of
The protective effect from eating fish was evident even after researchers
adjusted for consumption of fruits and vegetables.