Eating Fish Reduces Cholesterol


        In a world full of ads for triple cheeseburgers, French fries and three cheese pizzas, it is no wonder why younger people in their 20’s have a harder time lowering their cholesterol.


        Jennifer Warner of aolhealth.com reports that eating fish is an excellent way to reduce cholesterol which can prevent atherosclerosis-the hardening of the arteries-and heart disease.  Blackhealthcare.com reports that heart disease and strokes are more prevalent in the African-American community.


        The Chicago Health and Aging Project, a study conducted at Rush University Medical Center, added that eating fish is good for the brain.  Fish such as tuna and salmon, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, have also been known to help prevent heart disease.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been known to reduce fat found in the bloodstream by 25 to 30 percent.


        Eating fish often has other benefits as well."We found that people who ate one fish meal a week had a 10 percent slower annual decline in thinking," said  Martha Clare Morris, an epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center. "Those who ate two fish meals a week showed a 13 percent slower annual decline."


        Shameer Douglas, a junior majoring in engineering at Penn State enjoys eating fish and consumes as much fish as possible.


        “I enjoy eating fish because I like it,” Douglas said.”I know fish is good for you, but I didn’t know what it could do for my brain.”


        Also, a new study on the Archives of Neurology website says that eating fish once a week can be associated with diminishing the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related mental illnesses.


        The participants in the study, all from Chicago and 65 and older, were all tested on how well they remember certain details from a story.  The participants took the test three times over six years. Those who consumed fish at least once a week remembered details better than those though didn’t consume as much fish.


        “A lot of students don’t eat a lot of seafood because it is kind of expensive," said Douglas.


        However, the American Dietary Association suggested eating trout, tuna, herring, and salmon reguarly.