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Eat Fish And Focus!

You may have read on this site that fish is regarded as an excellent source of brain food.  If it’s an excellent source of brain food, then surely it’s ok to say ‘eat fish and focus?’ Here, Connie Diekman, for University City Patch, explains how it’s the Omega-3 fatty acid content of fish that is reported to be a key ingredient for our brains.

Fish For Focus, Brain FoodSeveral new studies have looked at the health of the brain, as well as memory and learning, and it seems inclusion of fish in your diet is an important component.

Studies have looked at fish intake and its impact on memory, learning and even mood. While the extent of research is still limited, studies do show that those who eat fish more often, many studies indicate at least once a week, have greater brain volume.

Researchers suggest that the impact of fish on the brain is related to the Omega-3 fatty acid content of the fish. Omega-3 fatty acids help increase blood flow, fight inflammation and prevent accumulation of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s.

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If you’re allergic to fish (I can relate to that), then maybe it’s wise to ignore the advice to ‘eat fish and focus!’ You can take fish oil/ omega-3 supplements.  For those who are not allergic, it is recommended that you consume 2 portions of fish a week and the fish with highest omega-3 content are:

  • Arctic char — 139 mg/3 ounces
  • Herring — 181 mg/3 ounces
  • Mackerel — 102-157 mg/3 ounces (depends on origin)
  • Opah/Moonfish — 135 mg/3 ounces
  • Salmon — 110-120 mg/3 ounces (depends on origin)
  • Bluefin tuna — 128 mg/3 ounces

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