Omega-3

Omega-3

All seafood is an excellent sauce of protein, B vitamins and many minerals.  Fish and shell fish are also low in saturated fat making a healthier alternative to higher fat meats and darker poultry.  Most fish contain less than 5% fat and most of it is polyunsaturated.  Polyunsaturated fats consist of 2 major types: omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oils and omega-6 fatty acids found in vegetable oils such as sunflower and rapeseed oil.  Both are required in your diet.

Seafood

Seafood

Many types of oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, fresh tuna, sardines and trout contain omega-3 fatty acids – a type of fat with many health benefits. Research has shown that eating oily fish may help reduce cardiovascular disease by decreasing blood pressure and triglyceride levels in the blood.  There are also studies to say that omega-3 is good for brain development, mood improvement and reduction of inflammation of the joints and arteries. In-fact, omega 3 has generally been linked to reducing inflammation thus impacting positively on many of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.

It is important to get omega-3 fatty acids from the diet or food supplements as the body doesn’t produce them.  Other sources are walnuts, flaxseed and soybeans.

Maybe make it your goal to eat fish twice a week if you are not already doing so and make one of those meals with an oily fish.  I am off now to cook my salmon!

 

 

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