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BBC News (4/28) reports that, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “eating fatty foods can help boost memory.” Working with rats, researchers from the University of California-Irvine “discovered oleic acids from fats are converted into a memory-enhancing agent in the gut.” In addition, “evidence shows high levels of oleoylethanolamide, or OEA, can reduce appetite, produce weight loss, and lower blood cholesterol as well as triglyceride levels, making it an attractive candidate as a diet pill too.” In the present study, the team “discovered that OEA also causes memories to be laid down by activating memory-enhancing signals in the amygdala — the part of the brain involved with memories of emotional events.” Rats given the substance “improved their memory retention in two different tests — running in a maze and avoiding an unpleasant experience.”

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