Studies show eating more fish reduces the risk of developing dementia related conditions by as much as 53%.

Succulent salmon broiled with dill and lemon. Savory monkfish stew. Moist and flaky halibut en papillote. Yes, I eat lots of fish. Who knew I was actually feeding my brain as well as my appetite!

I certainly knew that following a seafood-rich Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease and some cancers. What I most recently discovered is that a study has shown this same diet, replacing meat with fish, actually slows down the signs of aging in your brain. Now, that’s news this fish lover was compelled to write about.

The most recent, fascinating study was conducted by Yian Gu, PhD, from Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Gu and her colleagues reviewed the detailed food habits of 674 elderly individuals, as well as MRI’s of their brains. The findings were astonishing, so I contacted her.

“The 304 participants whose food regimen was more aligned with the seafood-rich Mediterranean diet had larger total brain volume compared to the 370 individuals who adhere less to this type of diet,” she explained.

Dr. Gu further went on to explain the significance of her findings. Shrinkage of the brain with age is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairment. The difference in brain volume between the participants who adhered to a Mediterranean diet and those who didn’t was similar to the effect of being five years younger.

This study is the latest in a series of numerous studies about the benefits of consuming fish in relation to cognition. They have been conducted by numerous groups of medical doctors and neurological researchers from more than a half dozen top universities since 1992. Techniques range from routine, ongoing medical and cognitive examinations, to brain examinations, to the MRIs used in Dr. Gu’s studies.

The take-away for me, is this: Eat More Fish! There’s never been a better time to adopt this health habit than now with the advent of At you’ll have easy and convenient access to an awesome assortment of fresh, delicious, sustainable fish. It comes directly to your door from the Fulton Fish Market, and it’s guaranteed pier-to-plate fresh. I’ve never tasted fish this delicious. In fact, I don’t think I ever really tasted fresh fish until I ordered it from

Now you can enjoy more flavorful steamed flounder, marinated swordfish kabobs and sautéed red snapper. What a marvelous way we can all “live-to-eat” as we “eat-to-live” - better!

Victor Ribaudo
Food Marketer/Writer
The Ribaudo Group