Can’t remember the last time you had fish for dinner? There may be a reason why. Recent studies suggest that the fatty acids and amino acids found in some types of fish may improve the overall health and function of your brain.
As people age, their bodies tend to produce less docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a complex fatty acid that helps to build brain-cell membranes. Eating fish high in omega-3’s, like salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel helps your body produce more DHA. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Ernst Schaefer, M.D., of Tufts University recently completed a 9-year study of 900 elderly men and women. Schaefer found that those who consumed three servings of fish per week had a significantly lower risk of developing conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
To get enough fish oil in your diet, researchers suggest eating fish five times per week. An alternate suggestion is to eat fish two days per week and add fish oil supplements to your diet. As with any lifestyle change, it’s always best to consult with your primary care physician first to help establish the correct guidelines to meet your specific dietary needs.
Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today