The superfood that gives you a superbrain

The neural networks in your brain keep your memory sharp and your mental abilities at high capacity. For ultimate performance, researchers say, eat the superfood that keeps those connections humming.

The key food you need for brainpower: fish with their omega-3 fatty acids.

Research at the Oregon Health & Science University shows that eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids keeps your brain well-connected and helps maintain organized neural networks.

“The data shows the benefits in how the (lab animals’) brains organize over their lifetime… in the setting of a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids,” says researcher Damien Fair. “The data also shows in detail how similar the networks in (the research animal’s) brain are to networks in a human brain, but only in the context of a diet rich in omega-3-fatty acids.”

The study focused on an omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA. DHA is a vital factor involved in the performance of the brain. It also takes part in the development of brain tissue and vision.

Fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna contain significant amounts of DHA.

 

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Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.