Eating fish just once a week could stave off Alzheimer's by stopping the brain from shrinking
Date Posted: 07.12.2011
Eating grilled or baked fish just once a week could stave off Alzheimer's by stopping the brain from shrinking, claim researchers.
A new study establishes for the first time a direct link between fish consumption and the health of 'grey cells' that are vital for memory and other key brain functions.
It used MRI scans to track the brain health of 260 healthy people over 10 years, and the link to fish consumption. Eating grilled fish is believed to stave off Alzheimer's in later life, according to a new study. Those eating fish at least once a week had higher levels of grey matter, providing the fish was grilled or baked - fried fish had no benefits.
The new 10 year study from US researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will be presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.
Lead author Cyrus Raji, from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said: 'This is the first study to establish a direct relationship between fish consumption, brain structure and Alzheimer's risk.