By Beth Cecil
Owensboro Health Healthpark dietitian
Holy Mackerel!! What is all this talk about fish and omega-3 fatty acids? One of the biggest nutrition buzzwords these days, omega-3 fatty acids, often associated with fish, may indeed offer a sea of benefits.
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Omega-3s are associated with health benefits. According to the American Heart Association,
They also play a role in lowering blood lipid levels, such as cholesterol and triglycerides. Omega-3s are believed to help with brain development and function, reduce inflammation in the body, and keep blood from clotting excessively.
There have even been some hints that omega-3s may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, lupus, type 2 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. They protect from certain types of cancer, reduce the risk of obesity and may decrease aggression and depression in adults.
Omega-3s are fatty acids found in foods. Our bodies need them, but cannot make them and they are therefore referred to as essential fatty acids.
ALA (alpha-linolenic acids), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are the types of omega-3 fatty acids. But don’t feel too
The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Diabetes Association both recommend that Americans eat a diet containing at least two servings of fish a week totally about eight ounces of fish and about 500 milligrams of EPA/DHA. Fatty fish like mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, salmon and albacore tuna are the best fish sources.
Individuals with coronary heart disease (CHD) or documented CHD risk, according to the American Heart Association, should aim a bit higher, for about 1
In addition to fish, liberally incorporate other foods that are rich in omega 3s such as flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybean oil, flaxseed, walnuts, pecans and other nuts. And look for items on the shelves with
Mercury content of fish is a concern to some, but for the general