Is it possible to maintain clarity and sharpness of the mind for life? In part, the predisposition to senile dementia is recorded in our genes. But even “bad” genes are not a sentence. What to do so that our intelligence serves us as long as possible?
A group of scientists from the United States and the Netherlands checked the hypothesis that the presence of seafood in a diet prevents (or slows down) age -related fading of mental abilities. For several years, they
monitored the health status of 915 elderly people (on average they were about 81, many lived in nursing homes). At the time of the start of the study, none of them suffered from dementia (senile dementia). Once a year, all participants passed psychological tests that evaluated the clarity of their thinking in several parameters. They were also asked to fill out profiles in which it was necessary to tell in detail about the diet. The researchers were especially interested in how often pensioners use seafood – fish dishes, crabs, shrimp
Seafood are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The latest scientific data suggest that the regular use of omega-3 to food stops the development of depression, reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, and also prevents the development of diseases such as Parkinson and Alzheimer’s disease 1 . Scientists have found that in older people who ate the gifts of the sea at least 1-2 times a week, by the end of the study, the highest mental functions (perception, memory, thinking, speech) were better preserved.
It is no coincidence that seafood is present in a diet called Mind (Mediterranean International Neurodegenerative Delay) 2 . As recent studies have shown, this nutrition program is effective for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease – one of the most common types of senile dementia. Mind has united two popular diets-Mediterranean and Dash Dash (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), designed to combat hypertension. It is the combination of these two systems that helps to prevent senile dementia and maintain youth in the mind.