A recent Rush Memory and Aging Project (MAP) study has shown that eating seafood rich in omega-3 fatty acids once per week may be linked to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Many fish lovers try to curtail their intake of fish due to concerns about mercury levels and how they may affect the brain. However, this study shows that the mercury levels accrued from eating fish once per week may not be high enough to do any damage.
Fish Are Good for Your Health
Mediterranean-style diets have been known to decrease the occurrence of dementia. In this recent study, scientists may have gotten a glimpse into why.
The MAP study involved a large group of elderly participants living in Chicago who were given questionnaires about their diets and studied between the years of 2004 to 2013. The study found that individuals who had a history of eating seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids at least once per week had a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
It is true that people in the study who ate fish once per week had higher mercury levels. However, this higher level of mercury was not found to be linked to a greater risk of neuropathology. In fact, people who ate more seafood had less amyloid plaques, a sticky buildup that can accumulate outside neurons and hinder brain function.
The team intends to continue investigating the link of brain health to seafood consumption. The next study will explore whether the consumption of seafood is associated with higher levels and density of presynaptic proteins that protect the brain against dementia.
What Seafood Should I Eat?
Omega-3 fatty acids are widely known for their health benefits, which include lowering the risk of heart disease and cholesterol levels. Now that we know omega-3 fatty acids are good for aging, there’s no reason not to eat them! If you’re wondering what kinds of fish you should eat to gain the most benefits, then here is a list of fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Rainbow Trout
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