Give Us Today Our Daily Fish   

Give Us Today Our Daily Fish


More and more studies show that eating fish and plants rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps protect the heart from disease, according to an article in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Research shows that the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) decreases when omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods are added to a diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are not just good fats; they affect heart healtl1 in positive ways. Omega-3 fatty acids make the blood less likely to form clots that can cause heart attacks, irregular heartbeats and sudden death from cardiac arrest.

Other benefits from omega-3 fatty acids:

• Decreased triglyceride levels

• Decreased growth of atherosclerotic plaque

• Improved arterial health

• Lower blood pressure

Beginning in 2000, the American Heart Association dietary guidelines recommend at least two servings of fish per week, particularly mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon.

However, eating fish has its risks. Children and pregnant and nursing women may face increased exposure to mercury from fish, but they are considered low-risk for CVD. Middle-aged persons, older men and postmenopausal women however, are more likely to reap the benefits of eating fish.


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