Ever wonder why so many health experts recommend eating more fish? The answer has to do with the beneficial fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon, sardines and herring. Those healthy fats include Omega-3 EPA and DHA, and below are 5 reasons why you may want to consider adding more fish to your daily diet:
- Fish-derived Omega-3 fats are used by every cell in your body to support and manage vital functions such as a healthy inflammation response.* They also help to balance the excessive Omega-6 fats consumed as part of the standard American diet.
- According to the American Heart Association, eating oily fish at least twice a week should be part of heart-healthy diet. The beneficial Omega-3 fats found in certain types of fish promote heart health, in part due to their natural anti-inflammatory properties.*
- Both Omega-3 EPA and DHA are beneficial. EPA is best known for supporting cardiovascular health‡, healthy cholesterol levels and a healthy mood, and it has been linked to joint health and immune function support.* DHA is best known for supporting eye health and brain function.*
- Even though leading authorities like the AHA recommend at least 500 mg of Omega-3 daily for overall health, the average American consumes far less: fewer than 200 mg each day.
- Because some fish may contain toxins such as mercury, dioxins and PCBs, many experts suggest supplementing your diet with a purified fish oil supplement.
‡Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA & DHA Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. 1 Am J Cardiol 2011;108:682–90