August 24, 2014

Tied to Growth in Gray Matter

1 Study Finds Fish Really IS "Brain Food”

Based on brain scans and blood tests of 260 cognitively normal volunteers, researchers at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center have determined that eating fish is associated with growth in brain volume, and that the effect is produced regardless of the amount of omega-3 the fish contains. The increase in gray matter occurred in brain areas that control cognition and memory, including those associated with the development of Alzheimer’s, and was observed with the consumption of baked or broiled fish but not fried fish. The effect was produced by eating fish just once a week; further fish intake produced no additional brain growth. The average age of the subjects was 78, and the beneficial effect was consistent even when controlling for sex, race, education, physical activity and BMI.

More at Well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Fish Oil May Protect Against Breast Cancer

Tags: UCLA Medical Center, Fish As Brain Food, Fish and the Brain, Benefits of Eating Fish, Aids to Brain Growth

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