Worried that your memory is deserting you? Some scientists think the solution is sitting on ice at the grocery store. A new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that just one serving of seafood a week could help prevent age-related memory loss, due to its high omega-3 fatty acid content.
The researchers at the Rush University Medical Center found that foods packed with the fatty acids can help preserve memory and cognition as you age. According to study author Martha Clare Morris, the results show "that while cognitive abilities naturally decline as part of the normal aging process, there is something that we can do to mitigate this process."
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The study, which tested 915 adults with an average age of 81 over a five-year period, found that participants who reported eating fish at least once a week were less likely to show a decline in memory and perception than those who ate fish less frequently. Over the five-year period, the dementia-free adults were given a test once a year to monitor the gradual shift in their cognitive abilities. The areas of cognition tested included perceptual abilities, visuospatial skills and multiple types of memory. Those who reported a greater frequency of fish, lobster, crab, shrimp and other varities of seafood in their diets tended to show less of a decline in mental prowess over time.