Fish 'can help protect against Alzheimer's'
Posted on 30 November 2011
A diet high in baked or grilled fish can help stave off the effects of Alzheimer's, it has been claimed.
A study by US scientists at the University of Pittsburgh found that cooking fish in this manner helps preserve the omega-3 levels.
The fatty acid increased blood flow to the brain and reduces inflammation and limits the build-up of harmful plaques which precedes Alzheimer's.
During the study, brain scans were carried out on participants at ten year intervals and those taking part were also questioned about how often they eat fish.
It was noted that 31 per cent of non-regular fish eaters had gone on to develop Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment compared to between three and eight of those who regularly dined on fish.
Dr Cyrus A Raji, who led the study, said: "Studies like this definitely justify trials that will look at Omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Having said that, I would speculate that taking supplements is no substitute for a lifetime of eating fish."
The research was welcomed by the Alzheimer's Research Trust, which suggested people should try and eat fish weekly.
Posted by Paying for Care editorial team