IS FISH REALLY BRAIN FOOD 4
FishFood and Memory
TheClaim that fish is brain food is justified. Fish contains vastamounts of nutritional elements that are critical for an effectivebrain functioning contrary to the many tales prevailing about fishand brain. Several studies support this assertion that the fish isbrain food. In a study conducted in the archives of neurology foradults, it was found that old people who had regular meals of fishperformed better in memory quizzes than individuals who do notregularly eat fish. In another study fish was found to containvitamin D that minimizes age related cases of memory loss(Warner, 2004).Fish and its products have also been highly recommended by doctorsand especially fish with low mercury levels like Salmon and Tuna(Marano, 2004).
Thefindings of these studies indicate that, it is possible to believethat fish and its products could indeed change on the memory.However, this does not mean that only fish and its products improvescognitive behavior in human beings other foods such as fresh fruitsand vegetables are excellent in enhancing memory (Warner,2004).In particular, fish and its products contain omega-3 fats arenecessary the omega-3 helps to strengthen brain cells as well asprotecting them from diseases. The DHA found in omega-3 fatty acidspresent in fish products is essential for pregnant women and youngchildren in facilitating infant brain development (Schantzet al.2001). The human brain contains elements of DHA that are necessaryfor cognitive and brain performance. Low levels of DHA are attributedto serious effects on the brain besides memory loss. If fish and itsproducts contain more quantities of DHA that are essential componentsof the human brain, means that consuming enough quantity of fish andits products help in the development of the human brain (Marano,2004).
Morestudies show that, besides brain development, the omega-3 fats areessential in preventing diseases like depression, dementia, Alzheimerand ADHD in children (Schantzet al.2001). As such, children who eat fish regularly have been found tohave improved reading skills, attentiveness, motor and coordinationskills (Warner,2004).Other studies indicate that eating fish regularly by the adultsreduces risks associated with Alzheimer and dementia diseases(Schantzet al.2001). In other cases fish and its products omega-3 fats, folate,amino acids and B6 are vital for brain development (Kirchheimer,2004).Therefore, medical practitioners recommend regular meals of fish thathave low mercury as a way of developing the brain, improvingcognitive behavior, lowering risks of DHA deficiency in the brain andoverall prevent mental health problems in children and older people.
Moreresearch is needed to ascertain the clarity of these claims, based onstudies accomplished there exists a firm basis of linking fish dietto healthy brains (Marano,2004).The growth and development of the human brain are critical, and foodthat facilitates its development, or assist in preventing cognitivedeterioration cannot be underestimated (Warner,2004).It has been proved that fish contains essential DHA, and vitamin Delements that are essential for the growth and minimizing age relatedcognitive disorders in the human brain (Schantzet al.2001). Therefore, it is indeed true that the fish is food for thebrain, based on the benefits associated with it. As such, fish andits products should usually be eaten as part of boosting, memory andpreventing mental disorders related to age(Kirchheimer, 2004).
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