Fish and nuts may not benefit thinking skills

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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:02 am | Updated: 10:10 am, Wed Sep 25, 2013.

Omega-3 fatty acids do a lot of good things for our bodies, but preserving memory may not be one of them.

A new study finds eating foods high in omega-3’s, like fish and nuts, may not benefit our thinking skills as we age- especially women.

University of Iowa researchers studied the effects of omega 3’s on nearly 2,200 women between 65 and 80-years old. The women were given annual tests to check their memory and thinking skills for an average of 6 years. They found no difference between the women with high and low levels of omega-3’s in their blood. There was also no difference between the two groups in how fast their thinking skills declined over time.

Researchers say fish and nuts remain a good alternative to red meat and full-fat dairy products, which are high in saturated fats.

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