Brain Scans Show That Eating Certain Types Of Fish Can Help Boost Memory And Protect Against Alzheimer's

Brain scans from a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease show that eating a lot of salmon, mackerel, and sardines might help improve memory, boost overall mental and emotional health, and prevent Alzheimer's.

The study found that those who consumed omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish had increased blood flow in areas of the brain that controlled learning and memory, meaning those who consume more of certain types of fish are able to understand new information better.

"Although we have considerable evidence that omega-3 levels are associated with better cardiovascular health, the role of the 'fish oil' fatty acids in mental health and brain physiology is just beginning to be explored," William S. Harris, a co-author of the study and professor at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, said. "This study opens the door to the possibility that relatively simple dietary changes could favorably impact cognitive function."

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