Seafood protective of the brain at the peak of Alzheimer’s disease

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Diet is one thing will have control over. It stands at the center of most medical issues and thus it should be our priority to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A recent study linked eating at least one seafood meal a week to help protect the brains of persons at the peak risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Against all  odds of mercury presence found in fish, sea food was found beneficial to people with apolipoprotein E4 (APOE e4) gene.

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The study analyzed the autopsy report of brain tissue of 286 elderly people and their diet pattern in relationship with their age and memory and the researchers were able to come to the conclusion that eating seafood when applied only to people who carried the apolipoprotein E4 (APOE e4) gene, (which is linked to an elevated risk of Alzheimer’s disease), has a neuroprotective gains . This benefit does not extend to people who did not have the genetic variant. Seafood could not protect against amyloid deposits and neurofibrillary tangles that indicates the presence of Alzheimer’s disease in these people , the researchers said.
In the word of the lead researcher , Martha Clare Morris of Rush University , ScD, she says ”seafood consumption was associated with higher brain levels of mercury, but that mercury was not correlated with brain neuropathologies of any type associated with dementia,” the journal was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Experts reacted well to this study for instance Dr.Olivia Okereke MD and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard University said it was a ” good news from these studies ” and  what the study preaches is ”  modest levels of intake, not a dramatic overhaul in diet”. Dr Gu Yian ,an assistant professor of neuropsychology in Columbia University said the study is” very important ” noting that ”when it comes to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, you cannot change your genetics” ,she said.

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