Fish stops "brain freeze"

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You need the omega-3 fats found in fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring to keep your mind agile and your mood up as you age, new research reports. In a Dutch study of 1,600 middle-aged adults, just 1 extra ounce of fatty fish a month (3.3 versus 2.4 ounces) separated those with normal function from those in the lowest 10% on tests of memory, hand-eye coordination, and high-level problem solving. Scientists with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA, studying 3,600 adults found that eating one serving of fatty fish a week lowered scores on tests measuring anger, aggression, hostility, cynicism, and mistrust of others by 20%. Experts suspect that eating omega-3 fats results in smoother-functioning pathways in your brain.

PHOTO (COLOR): Eating more can boost your mind and mood

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By Gloria McVeigh

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