Sounds like fish really is brain food

Sounds like fish really is brain food

Summary: It may be possible to hold off the effects of Alzheimer's disease by eating fish.


I know we've all heard the old expression about fish being brain food. No matter which health professional you turn to, they have some claim to how you should eat. It can be hard on the brain just trying to figure it all out.

But now, a study by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine claims that the more fish you eat, the better your brain will be.

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In fact, what the study shows is that it may be possible to hold off the effects of Alzheimer's disease by eating fish. Apparently, the omega-3 fatty acids in cold-water fish have a positive, long-term effect on brain cells. Just to be clear, we're talking baked or broiled cold-water fish like halibut, mackerel, salmon, trout, and tuna, so this doesn't give us a free license to go wild on fish fry night.

What about now? Can eating fish make you more productive, effective, or smarter in your job today? This study doesn't address that, but fish can be part of a balanced diet and protein can help you stay sharp.

So, whenever you're fishing for a new idea, or diving deeply into some code and are suddenly hungry, remember there's a lot of fish in the sea (or in this case, the lake), and some of them should be eaten.

Topics: Health, IT Employment


Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.

Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • Except for all the mercury you will be ingesting ....

    .... and be sure you have a DNA verification kit ....... lately the fish people eat are turning out to be poisonous "counterfeits".
    • RE: Sounds like fish really is brain food

      Prehistoric salmon had hi mercury on testing before the industrial use of mercury & the 'Minamata disease' was first identified and addressed as an environmental disease in the 1950s in Minamata Bay, Japan-- top predators bioconcentrate toxins & some organic mercury is very low on toxicity & what about amalgam fillings?- if you're worried about mercury & plumbism into prevention take dicalcium edta & mineral suppliments- jim
      Jim Farmer
  • RE: Sounds like fish really is brain food

    Caution: Pregnant and Breastfeeding women use them.Keep out reach of children .Do not give to children.