Researches report that your body turns oleic acids from fat into a chemical compound (oleoylethanolamide – OEA) that converts short-term memories into long-term memory. The study’s results appeared in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“OEA is part of the molecular glue that makes memories stick,” said researchers. “By helping mammals remember where and when they have eaten a fatty meal, OEA’s memory-enhancing activity seems to have been an important evolutionary tool for early humans and other mammals. Remembering the location and context of a fatty meal was probably an important survival mechanism for early humans. It makes sense that mammals have this capability.”
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