According to latest findings researchers say eating fish could help keep ones mind working.The study also found those who had a high intake of cholesterol and saturated fat have an increased risk of cognitive impairment during middle age.
More and more research is showing what you eat could play a role in your risk for dementia. For example, studies have shown that antioxidant intake is associated with a lower risk of dementia. Researchers in the Netherlands conducted a study to see if eating fish plays a role in the risk of dementia. They also looked at cholesterol and saturated fats and their association with the risk of cognitive impairment.
The study included 1,613 men and women who were 45 to 70 years old. From 1995 until 2000 the participants underwent cognitive testing and filled out food questionnaires. Researchers used the data to analyze whether there was an association between eating fatty fish with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and the risk of cognitive problems.
Researchers found that those who ate more fatty fish and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids had a reduced risk of cognitive problems. However, the study also found the higher the dietary cholesterol intake by the participant, the more they were to have an increased problem with memory and flexibility. Plus, researchers say the higher their saturated fat intake, the higher the increase in the risk of impaired memory, speed and flexibility.
Researchers thus conclude that the ability of dietary changes to reduce not only cardiovascular disease but also neurodegenerative disorders remains to be determined. However, this study finds there could be an association between dietary intake and the development of dementia.