Fish Eaters Stay Sharper With Age

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    Yet another great reason to eat Sushi! :)

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Eating fish at least once a week is good for the brain, slowing age-related mental decline by the equivalent of three to four years, a study suggests.

    The research adds to the growing evidence that a fish-rich diet helps keep the mind sharp. Previous studies found that people who ate fish lowered their risk of Alzheimer's disease and stroke. Fish such as salmon and tuna that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids also have been shown to prevent heart disease.

    For the new study, researchers measured how well 3,718 people did on simple tests, such as recalling details of a story. The participants, all Chicago residents 65 and older, took the tests three times over six years. They also filled out a questionnaire about what they ate that included 139 foods.

    "We found that people who ate one fish meal a week had a 10 percent slower annual decline in thinking," said co-author Martha Clare Morris, an epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center. "Those who ate two fish meals a week showed a 13 percent slower annual decline."

    The study was posted Monday on the Web site of the Archives of Neurology and will appear in the journal's December issue. It was published early online because of its general interest.

    The researchers looked for, but failed to find, a link between omega-3 fatty acids and protection from brain decline. Previous studies found such a link.

    Morris said it is possible that something else about eating fish worked to keep people's minds sharp. Or the food questionnaire might have been too broad to allow researchers to estimate omega-3 intakes accurately, said Dr. Pascale Barberger-Gateau, who does similar research at the University of Bordeaux in France but was not involved in the current study.

    In the questionnaire, "only four seafood items were included, which did not allow this distinction," Barberger-Gateau said in an e-mail.

    The questionnaire included four broad seafood categories: tuna fish sandwich; fish sticks/fish cakes/fish sandwich; fresh fish as a main dish; and shrimp/lobster/crab.

    Testing participants' blood for omega-3 fatty acids would have given a more definitive measure, said Dr. William E. Connor of the Clinical Nutrition Department of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He was not involved in the study.


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    Fish really is brain food!
     
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    Just stay away from swordfish. It has the highest levels of mercury of all the different fishes. and farmed salmon is bad too because they usually use artificial coloring and unnatural protein to make the fish bigger.
     
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    Stay away form shark because it too has high levels of mercury, and because finning is a disgusting fishing practice.

    Stay away from barracuda because it is poisonous.

    Do not eat pufferfish, about 100 people die every year playing cullinary russian roulette.
     
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    Hey buddy, do not insult the competency of my sushi chef. :eek:
     
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    I eat it several times a year. It's one of the best sashimi you can have. Then I have the skeleton deep fried and the skin also made into a soup. Yummy!
     
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    I think eating raw anything animal is gross, have at it.
    If you want raw..Check this out….
    A Pilot friend of mine had a trip to Japan.
    Out to eat and all that…His meal was some whole fish on a plate.
    He said it moved, he touched it and sure enough that sucker was still alive!
     
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    Sashimi and tuna sushi as well as eel are totally awesome and I could eat them everyday. Plus they are very healthy and full of protein. I'll bet you would like sushi if you tried it. It's not dangerous. I mean you have to remember that millions eat it everyday all over the planet and you never hear of people dying from it. Unless it's something like pufferfish and it was poorly prepared.
     
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    That's the best kind. You don't know what you're missing. Live sashimi, yeah!!!!!
     
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    Ya'll can have my share..Man came up with fire to cook raw meat (it would be interesting to know just how that came about) and it works pretty well.
     

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