Portland, Maine (WiredPRNews.com) — It has been recently reported that regular consumption of fish (not fried), might help the elderly preserve memory power as well as curb strokes.
Medical researchers report that elderly people whose daily diet consists of three or more helpings per week of broiled or baked tuna along with other kind of fish, had less possibility of developing “silent” brain abrasions which could result in vascular strokes and cognitive decline. This is due to the fact that fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Brain lesions occur when brain tissue is damaged due to an inadequate flow of blood to that area. This brain lesion is given the name “silent” if it has occurred in a person who had not been through a recognized stroke or a mini-stroke, also known as transient ischemic attack (TIA). Such “silent” brain lesions are very common, in particular, as an individual grows older. Brain lesions cause memory loss, strokes and problems in thinking.
Jykrti Virtanen (PhD, RD), from the University of Kuopio in Finland said in a recent news release that earlier findings had exhibited that fish oil and fish consumption could help in putting off strokes. However, the study only looked at the effects of consuming fish on “silent” brain infarcts in elderly people in good health.
Virtanen and his colleagues have been looking at MRI brain scans of around 3,600 adults aged 65 and above with having no previous links to cerebro-vascular disease. After five years, medical researchers rescanned 2,313 persons who had settled on the follow-up and posed questions on their diets and in particular, in what quantities they ate fish.