Brain food

BrainAlbacore tuna is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Adding foods that are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids can protect the aging brain, suggests a new study, as reported by Alice G. Walton in Forbes.

Researchers at the University of South Dakota looked at 1,100 women. “It turned out that women who had the highest levels of the fatty acids in their red blood cells had greater overall brain volume than women with the lowest,” Walton writes. “They also had greater volume in the hippocampus – about 2.7% greater – than women with the lowest levels. The hippocampus is the brain area that’s thought to be the seat of learning and memory, and the one most affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”

One recommendation for adults is to eat non-fried fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids twice a week and that includes salmon, herring and tuna.

WebMD offers a fact sheet on these essential nutrients:

– They can help lower blood pressure and may help relieve other conditions including rheumatoid arthritis or depression.

– They may help reduce inflammation.

– Supplements may cause blood to thin.

– There are several types, but two, EPA and DHA. are found in oily fish like salmon and tuna and algae. “Plants like flax contain ALA, an omega acid that is partially converted into DHA and EPA in the body. ”

Omega-3 – it’s on the St Jude Tuna label. What we eat affects our quality of life not just today but years into the future.

 

Image of human brain, courtesy of the National Institute for Aging, National Institutes of Heath, United States Department of Health and Human Services, and Wikimedia.

 

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