Fish are friends: Benefits of fish oil

Fish oil is a type of fatty acid derived from the tissues of oily fish. It has omega-3 fatty acids, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

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The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that everyone eat fish (especially fatty, cold-water fish) at least twice a week. The reason behind is that these types of fishes are an abundant source of omega-3. In particular, salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, lake trout, and tuna are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. But if you’re not a fan of eating fish, then you can take fish oil supplements now available in most local stores.

Here are just some of the benefits of fish oil:

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Stronger bones: Growing older means weaker bones, especially in women. Studies show that a regular intake of omega-3 fatty acid DHA provides optimal bone health, heavier bone density, and balance in calcium quantity.

Healthy cholesterol level support: Taking fish oil may help maintain healthy levels of blood cholesterol. Taking 3 to 6 grams of fish oil a day can help promote healthy ratios of HDL to LDL.

Protection from air pollution: Tests show that those who had fish oil didn’t have the same negative responses as those who hadn’t when exposed to air pollution. Omega-3 fatty acid offers protection against the cardiac and lipid effects brought about by air pollution exposure. Fish oil is best taken by those living in the city.

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Optimum heart protection: Fish oil helps reduce the chance of abnormal heart rhythm, the likelihood of heart attack and stroke, and lessens the chance of sudden cardiac death in people with heart disease.

Brian Eliason is the president of Northern Fisheries Ltd., a leading exporter, importer, and retailer of seafood products. Learn more about the company here.

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