If it smells like fish and it tastes like fish then it must be . . . brain food? Sometimes old wives are right. According to a new study by scientists with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, eating broiled or baked fish once a week can maintain mental acuity as one grows older thereby lowering the risk of succumbing to mental health disorders such as dementia. The specific findings, recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, provide additional proof that lifestyle choices contribute to brain health later in one’s life.
For this study, funded, in part, by the National Institutes of Health, the researchers looked at the medical data from 260 participants who provided information on their dietary intake. The subjects also were given “high-resolution brain MRI scans” during the course of the research project.