1. Good for your heart: A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that regular consumption of fatty fish lowered triglycerides by 25 to 30 per cent. Studies have also shown that consumption of fatty fish may help in lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.
2. High in nutrients: Fatty fish is high in important nutrients such as Vitamin D and protein. In fact, they are one of the few natural food sources of Vitamin D which is mostly derived from sun’s exposure. Not to miss, the Omega-3 fatty acids those are essential for your brain and body to function optimally.
3. Protects your brain: Consumption of fatty fish may protect your brain from age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is known to slower rates of cognitive decline. Certain studies have shown that people who eat fish regularly have more grey matter in their brain centers that control emotions and memory.
4. Boosts mood and keeps depression at bay: Omega-3 fatty acids in these kinds of fish are known to boost your mood and keep the risk of depression at bay. Fatty fish have the feel good factor that leaves you happy and satisfied. Some studies have shown that people who eat fatty fish or consume Omega-3 fatty acids regularly may be less likely to get depressed.
5. Reduces risk of autoimmune diseases: Autoimmune diseases are those where the body starts mistakenly attacking healthy cells and tissues. Omega-3 oils derived from fatty fish are known to reduce the risk of such diseases as diabetes, arthritis and multiple sclerosis but more research is required to validate the same.
This helps to confirm what I’ve thought for sometime, that being fish is better than Omega-3 supplements, as you get the whole package of nutrients.
Since I’ve increased my serving of fish or seafood to once a day I feel and do better with my Multiple Sclerosis.
One thing I do to increase my fish intake is for lunch is have a baked potato with a pouch of seasoned tuna fish. I take a potato that’s about 5 ounces and bake it in a microwave. Then I put it in a bowl, slice it open, but instead using butter or sour cream I drizzle olive oil over it. Next I empty the contents of the tuna fish pouch over the potato. Add a vegetable on the side and either a fruit or yogurt and it’s lunch. Starkist Tuna, Hickory Smoked and Garlic Herb are 2 of my favorite flavors.