If you need another reason to eat more fish, researchers at the UCLA are serving up some motivation: a diet without fish may cause your brain to age faster.
Eating fish provides you with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are key to keeping your memory and thinking abilities in top shape. And while that’s long been suspected, the new study at UCLA has finally confirmed the link.
It found that people with lower levels of Omega-3s in their diet, also have lower brain volumes.
The researchers looked at more than 1,500 middle-aged and elderly people, putting each through an MRI brain scan. They then measured the patient's brain function, their body mass and the amount of Omega-3 fatty acid levels in their red blood cells.
Those with lower levels of Omega-3s in their diet showed brain volumes equal to about two years of structural aging - and it caused them to score lower on tests of visual memory, problem solving and abstract thinking.
It's already been proven that eating fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can also reduce deaths from heart attacks and strokes.