Eat Fish for Heart and Brain Health

By Graffam Brothers Seafood | Mar 01, 2010

 

Eating fish is good for you!

Fish is a good source of protein that is not high in saturated fat, much like fatty meat products. According to the American Heart Association, fish is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which benefit your heart health.

Therefore, the AHA recommends eating fish at least twice a week.

 

According to a study posted in an EPA forum document, it appears that omega-3 fatty acids may actually slow down the development of Alzheimer’s and other age related cognitive decline. Another benefit is that those people with a sufficient level of the omega-3 fatty acids suffer less from depression, suicide risk, and have less aggressive tendencies.

 

So, how do omega-3 fatty acids work? They work by reducing the inflammation in our bodies. Heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and arthritis have inflammation as the base of these problems. Also, strokes are caused by blood clots and omega-3’s help to prevent those as well.

 

As with any food item, moderation and good choices help to make a healthy diet. While fish is good for you to eat, there are always benefits and risks depending on what stage of life you are in. Pregnant women and children are advised to avoid those fish with a high potential of mercury such as shark and swordfish. By eating a variety of fish, you will limit the potential risks and gain the benefits provided by this tasty treat from the sea.

 

 

Sources:

 

http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/fish/forum/2007/pdf/section2e.pdf

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3013797

 

 

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