Fish Oil for Better Heart and Brain Function

Numerous studies have established the efficacy of fish oil in improving heart conditions.  As evidenced by studies conducted in Denmark, fish oil has been found to reduce risks of heart attacks by fifty percent.  The Journal of American Medical Association released a report made by Harvard School of Public Health stating that women who consume fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acid decreases their risk of acquiring heart disease.

These evidences establish only a few of the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acid to our body.  Fish oil would not only help improve our life but may also lengthen our life span.  Generous amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, and herring.  These fishes contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which have anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties.

Omega-3 fatty and omega-6 acids are polyunsaturated fats.  Omega- 6 acids are found in vegetable oil. Omega-6 is beneficial to the heart and body, but excessive amounts are not healthy either.  Omega-3 fatty acids on the other hand, not only helps strengthen the heart but also help in brain development. 

EPA and DHA are very beneficial to our body.  However, the body does not naturally produce Omega-3 fatty acid.  These nutrients have to come from our diet.  Omega-3 acids are also referred to as building blocks of our body; for they help in the development of the brain and vision, not only among children but also for adults.

A group of Italian researchers also agree that taking about 1 gram of Omega-3 daily would show significant results on reducing coronary attacks.  A medium-sized serving of salmon would contain a gram of Omega-3 fatty acid.

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