Benefits of eating fish

Eating plenty of fish on a regular basis can help protect you from a range of serious diseases. But are there any dangers in eating too much?
SalmonOily fish such as salmon have the highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids

Fish is a superfood. Packed with vitamins and minerals, and a major source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish can help to protect against a range of diseases, from cancer to heart disease, depression to arthritis.

The benefits of eating fish

Heart disease

No wonder the Government wants us all to eat more, with the Food Standards Agency recommending at least two portions a week of fresh, frozen, or tinned seafood (one of them of oily fish). The British Heart Foundation says eating oily fish can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve your chances of survival following a heart attack. Fish does this by lowering levels of fats called triglycerides in the blood - raised levels are associated with heart disease. Fish oils also appear to help reduce blood clotting and abnormal heart rhythms after a heart attack.

Alzheimer's

Polyunsaturated fatty acids found in many fish may prevent damage to brain cells. Eating fish can also reduce the risk of high blood pressure, which is linked with dementia. A French study of 2000 people showed that those who ate seafood at least once a week had a significantly lower risk of dementia over a seven-year period than those who didn't.

Cancer

A Swedish study of 6000 men over a 30-year period showed that those who didn't eat any fish had between double and treble the risk of developing prostate cancer, compared to those who ate moderate or large amounts. Shellfish, such as crab and lobster, also contains selenium, thought to have cancer-fighting properties.

Depression

It's been reported that fish can help to ease depression. Again, it's down to omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to raise levels of the brain chemical serotonin.

Arthritis

Population groups that eat a lot of fish - Inuits in Greenland, for example - have low rates of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Studies have also shown fish oils to be useful in relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

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  • muhammad rehmat illahi janjua advocate

    Posted: Monday 03 November 2014

    most informative and missive for those who want to live with health and live happily.

  • fgfg

    Posted: Thursday 03 July 2014

    very usfull information

  • jake

    Posted: Wednesday 18 June 2014

    thanks

  • yourmum

    Posted: Wednesday 07 May 2014

    good help

  • lonir

    Posted: Tuesday 01 April 2014

    information about fish

  • mads

    Posted: Thursday 23 January 2014

    very good information helped me greatly with my food tech work in school:)

  • freddy

    Posted: Tuesday 27 August 2013

    cool

  • gladys

    Posted: Thursday 18 July 2013

    i like fish but i dont know if fish can make me fat

  • inayathulla khan

    Posted: Saturday 04 May 2013

    fish is really very good for the health

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