With so many reports about the rising number of elderly Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, it's no surprise that more Houston residents have become concerned about how the lifestyle choices they make now will affect their mental faculties in the long run. Though there is still no cure for Alzheimer's disease – the degenerative condition characterized by memory loss and disorientation – a string of recent studies have indicated that simple things like diet and exercise may help fortify our brains against general deterioration.

Previously, we discussed a study showing that regular aerobic activity may help middle-aged individuals retain their cognitive abilities later in life. Now, new research has revealed that omega-3 fatty acids – the nutritional compounds already known as "brain food" – can potentially fend off neurodegenerative diseases in people who are already showing symptoms of this decline.

According to a study abstract, scientists from Universiti Kebangsaan in Malaysia have found that people who already exhibit signs of "mild cognitive impairment" – such as an occasional memory lapse – can benefit from taking omega-3 supplements or incorporating more seafood in their diets. Doing so could potentially reduce their risk of developing a more advanced form of dementia by limiting the amount of oxidative stress that occurs in the brain.

"These observations, although not widely explored, are promising for the importance of [omega-3 fatty acid] metabolism in modulating lipid peroxidation among cognitively impaired elderly patients," the abstract states.

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