Fact or Myth: Fish Health Benefits…More Brain Power?

Eating fish makes you smarter.

Fact or Myth?

This is a FACT.

Madelyn Fernstorm, Ph.D., CNS, who addressed a host of food-related medical myths in a “Today” show interview with Matt Lauer, says the link between fish and brain power is fact, not fiction. According to Fernstorm, “fish is a perfect source of fats that are essential for normal body functions, including brain activity and other cell activities.”

A study done in Sweden shows quantifiable evidence of the effect of fish on your intellect. Professor Kjell Toren, who headed the study, said, “We discovered a clear connection between frequently eating fish and higher [IQ] scores.” food for the brain

Researchers think that omega-3 fatty acids are the secret behind the boost in scores. These acids, DHA and EPA, are found primarily in salmon and mackerel. In an interview with CNN, Scott W. Cohen, a Beverly Hills pediatrician and author of the book Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, said that DHA is “particularly beneficial in the first two years of life for brain development, cognition, and visual acuity.”

For the vegetarians and fish-phobic out there, don’t worry, you won’t be at a permanent intellectual disadvantage as long as you include plenty of walnuts, avocado, flaxseeds and spinach (all chock full of alpha lipoic acid (ALA), another type of omega-3 acids) in your diet.