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Cognitive skills may benefit from fish-rich diet

August 5, 2009 by  

Cognitive skills may benefit from fish-rich diet Those whose diet includes regularly consumed oily fish may improve their cognitive skills and protect themselves from memory problems as they age, according to a new study.

Swedish scientist is examined fish consumption in teenage Swedish boys at age 15, and found that those who ate fish at least once a week had higher cognitive skills at age 18 than those who did not.

Moreover, combined intelligence scores for the group that consumed fish were nearly 11 percent higher, on average, than for those who ate fish less frequently.

Jon Getzinger of Ocean Nutrition Canada stresses a number of studies have linked the essential omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish to thinking, reasoning and remembering abilities in people at all stages of life.

However, given that many kids do not like the taste of fatty fish and so tend not to eat a lot of them, omega-3 EPA/DHA-enhanced foods "are an easy way to incorporate this nutrient into their diets," he adds.

In addition to boosting memory and cognitive skills, omega-3 fatty acids are also known to promote cardiovascular health.

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