Over the years, researchers have found that eating a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids benefits the consumer in several ways an. Two different Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, EPA and DHA which cannot be produced by the human body, but only found in foods such a plant sources or seafood. Omega-3’s are found in both, however, researchers have found that plant sources only partially convert these omega-3’s whereas seafood is known to be the best, and healthiest source. So what exactly does healthy omega-3’s do for you?
*Live Longer- Researchers have found that participants with a higher blood levels of fatty acids found in fish lived an average of two years longer than those with lower levels of omegs-3’s.
*Cut Your risk of Heart Attack- Several studies out of Harvard have discovered that eating fatty fish once or twice a week reduces a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease and of death by 17%. Omega-3’s also help to lower your blood pressure and improve your circulation.
*Protect Your Skin- Fish oils have been proven to ease the effects of aging skin and sun damage as well as regulating the oil production that hydrates skin.
*Improve Your Long Term Eyesight- By eating a diet rich in healthy Omega-3’s, researchers have found that it helps the development of nerve and growth in the retina, as well as reducing the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
*Enhance Your Brainpower- Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh gave fish oils to a group of adults considered in their cognitive prime and then conducted tests over a period of time to find that their performance on tests continued to improve. Through these tests, researchers have found evidence that adults with a lack of omega-3 fatty acids can lower stores of neurotransmitters which is linked to working memory.
*Breathe Easier: Previous research has found that there is a link between consuming fish oil and fewer attacks of specific types of asthma, exercise-induced bronchitis in athletes as well as reducing the risks of asthma in young children.
*Benefits During Pregnancy and w/ Baby’s Development- A diet rich in omega-3’s has been proven to help improve fertility as well as reducing the risk for developing diabetes in pregnant women. Also, because of the health benefits, seafood has been known to help maintain optimal weight in expecting mothers. While pregnant, it is important to consume seafood as the omega-3’s help improve the development of a fetus’s brain and nervous system as well.
Omega-3’s also helps build muscles and tissues, and may help relieve pains in joints, including inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have also shown that fish oils may help relieve digestive symptoms, including ulcerative colitis and Chron’s Disease.
For more information, we recommend visiting the National Fisheries Institute’s website. Here you can find several articles and information on the benefits of eating seafood, plus other great seafood trends and recipes.
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*The National Fisheries Institute (Website)
*9 Reasons to Eat Fish Right Now, an Article out of the Huffington Post (Link)