Could Eating Seafood Stave Off Dementia?

February 29, 2016 | By Lorenzo Mejia

A new study has found that eating seafood once a week could reduce the risk for dementia diseases including Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared the levels of mercury in fish to see if it also increased the levels found in the brain. The findings revealed that those eating more fish did indeed see increases of mercury, but it did not appear to cause any additional cases of brain disease. The test subjects showed lower instances of Alzheimer’s than those who did not eat fish once per week. Scientists believe that selenium in fish counteracts any of mercury’s detrimental effects on the brain. The patients used in the study had a genetic risk for Alzheimer’s with pre- and post-mortem examinations of their brains.

 

 

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