Eating seafood may sharpen your memory

We work under lots of pressure and our life has become too fast and so unhealthy. We are always in a rush and during the daily routine of catching time, we often forget to take care of our health by not eating a proper diet. Our body and mind need sufficient nutrition to operate smoothly. One more discovery indicates that eating seafood helps to increase the brain power.

A new study found link between Memory and seafood

A new study says that age-related memory loss problems and confused thinking are the results of insufficient omega-3 fatty acids in the body. Seafood contains omega 3 fatty acids. To avoid age-related memory problems, consumption of seafood or other food containing the same nutrition once in a week may help.

Memory loses condition and thinking problems of people who participated in the study, reported that consuming seafood less than once a week declined more frequently compared to the participants who included at least one seafood meal in their diet per week.

The lead researcher of the study, Martha Clare Morris from Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago, United States said, “This study helps show that while cognitive abilities naturally decline as part of the normal ageing process, there is something that we can do to mitigate this process.”

The study was published online in the journal Neurology. During the study, the researchers observed 915 people with a mean age of 81.4 years for an average of five years. No participants had the symptoms of dementia at the time of enrollment.

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During the time period of the study, each participant received yearly, standardized testing for cognitive ability in five areas – working memory, visuospatial a perceptual speed, episodic memory and semantic memory.

Each year, participants were given to fill food frequency questionnaires, allowing the researchers to compare their reported seafood consumption with alteration in their cognitive abilities as measured by the tests. The food questionnaires had the questions regarding four types of seafood: lobster and crab, tuna sandwiches, fish cakes and fish sandwiches, fish sticks fresh fish as a main dish, and shrimp.

The participants were separated into two groups: those who consumed at least one of those seafood meals every week and those who consumed less than one of those seafood diets per week.

The researchers observed that participants who included more seafood in their diet had decreased rates of declination in the semantic memory, which is associated with the verbal information. They also had slower rates of reducing perceptual speed, or the capability to quickly compare letters, objects, and patterns.

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Omega-3 fatty acid (docosahexaenoic acid) is the major structural element of the brain and seafood is the direct source of omega-3 fatty acid.

So, include seafood in your diet to keep your brain sharp. The study was conducted on the old age people, but start including the diet of seafood may help in improving memory in early years.

However, if the seafood is not stored properly it can bring illness. Food-related illness caused by microorganisms or naturally occurring toxins is the basic food safety risk linked with seafood. This illness is usually caused by improper harvesting, handling, storage or preparation and seafood products that are included in diet raw or partially cooked has the highest risk. So, when you start following diet, make sure that you take care of your food properly.