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Seafood is good for your brain

Eating fish, particularly fatty fish, is a key part of a healthy diet. Yet, changing guidelines and news reports about contamination of mercury and pollutants have left many wondering if fish is still a smart choice. A review of research done over the past few years, reveals an overwhelming “yes!” when it comes to whether we should be eating fish. In fact, the health benefits of fish are pretty powerful, and new guidelines from the FDA and EPA help to minimize potential risks.

The benefit that regular fish consumption has on heart health is overwhelmingly consistent with numerous studies pointing to reduced risks of heart attack and stroke. The heart-boosting benefits are largely attributed to the omega 3-fatty acids in fish that decrease triglycerides, slow plaque formation, and decrease blood pressure. And while it’s ideal to choose a fish high in omega-3s, research suggests simply eating fish twice a week, regardless of their fatty acid levels, as a lean protein source. For many, this means substituting fish in place of beef or another animal protein higher in saturated fats, and saturated fats are one of the key culprits in development of heart disease.

Adequate intake of DHA, a type of omega-3 found almost exclusively in fish, is associated with proper brain and eye development in babies. A 2016 study in the Read the whole article

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