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Surprising Benefits of Eating Fish

Surprising Benefits of Eating Fish

There are plenty of fish in the sea and researchers believe that adding them to your diet could have lasting, positive effects on your health. Packed with protein, vitamins- and minerals, fish is a low-calorie, zero carb food filled with polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are a healthy type of fat considered an essential nutrient. While you may eat fish just because you like the taste, it has some benefits that may surprise you.

Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

Adding two 6-oz. servings of fish to your diet each week can lower the risk of stroke or heart attack among those who have already been diagnosed with a heart condition. The omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like tuna, halibut, bass, and salmon can lower your chance of another cardiac episode, even a fatal one, by nearly 17%. Consider adding a fatty acid supplement of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosatetraenoic acid) to your diet if fish isn’t a fit for your palate- or wallet.

Decrease Depression

If you suffer from depression, adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet may help to decrease the number of episodes you experience. There is mounting evidence to show people who experience depression lack the proper amount of EPA (eicosatetraenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), the fats found in omega-3’s that help regulate the mood.

Boost Brain Health

The omega-3 acids found in fatty fish help to protect the brain because of the anti-inflammatory response in the body, helping fight brain damage caused by aging, as well as toxins found in air pollution. Adding one to two servings of baked or broiled fish or shellfish a week has also been associated with better memory and cognition.

Reduce Joint Inflammation

Those suffering from swollen or tender joints or those living with rheumatoid arthritis can benefit from adding fish to their plates a few days a week. Omega-3’s anti-inflammatory response on the body help to control, or in some cases, suppress joint inflammation.

Improve Sleep

Researchers believe that EPA and DHA have some impact on the release of melatonin, providing a lengthier and better-quality night sleep. As we all know, a good night’s sleep leaves you feeling refreshed and clear-headed, leading to improved cognitive abilities.

Adding fish or fish oil supplements to your diet, even a few days a week, can have multiple benefits to your overall health. Consult your healthcare provider to determine the right dosage for you before adding fish oil supplements to your diet.