The researchers say boiling or baking the fish and then
consuming it once or twice every week helps to keep your brain younger and
smarter for a longer period of time and this in turn will help boost your brain
Fish contain large amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids and baking
or boiling the fish is recommended as these higher levels of Omega-3s remain
intact in these cases as compared to fried fish, said Cyrus Raji, M. D., Ph. D,
the lead investigator of a new cardiovascular health study. These Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for a normal metabolism
and they also help in significantly improving the brain health.
For this study, researchers took data from 260 people who
scored normally on two separate cognition tests; they then provided data about
their dietary intake and underwent brain scans. Those who ate fish at least once a week had larger brain
volume in areas linked to memory and thinking skills than those who didn't eat
fish, and were more likely to have a higher education.
The researchers explained that people who ate boiled or
baked fish at least once a week had more grey matter brain volumes in regions
associated with memory and cognition as compared with those who went in for
fried fish or did not have fish at all.
James Becker, Ph. D., professor of psychiatry, University
of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
, the senior investigator of this study,
said, "This suggests that lifestyle factors, in this case eating fish,
rather than biological factors contribute to structural changes in the
The research was published in the American Journal of