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Eat More Baked Fish

Eating Baked Fish

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  • People who consumed baked (or broiled) fish at least once a week had more grey matter in their brain in regions responsible for cognition and memory
  • One type of omega-3 fat, DHA, has unique structural properties that provide optimal conditions for a wide range of cell membrane functions, and grey matter is a particularly membrane-rich tissue
  • Eating fried fish did not lead to this benefit, because fried fish contains trans fats and other oxidized aldehydes, which have been linked to brain damage
  • Past research found older women with the highest levels of omega-3 fats had better preservation of their brain as they aged than those with the lowest levels
  • Sardines, anchovies, herring, and/or wild-caught salmon are the best dietary sources of omega-3 fats, and you can also increase your levels with a high-quality krill oil supplement

By Dr. Mercola

Fish is often described as "brain food," and that is largely because it contains omega-3 fats. Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, an omega-3 fat, is an essential structural component of your brain.

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