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A Stroke of Fish

By New You Editorial
Posted On Jul 02, 2013

New You Health Tip: Eating more omega 3 rich fish could save your life.

As we age, it’s natural to start worrying about a variety of health risks. Lifestyle changes such as a change in diet can many times assist in the prevention of diseases and chronic conditions. Studies show that eating more fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids can prevent the risk of heart disease and stroke. Fish found in colder waters such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna have the highest concentration of omega 3s thus provide the most benefit. Researchers believe the fatty acids found in fish tend to coat blood cells making them less sticky; this prevents them from clumping together and blocking arteries. A Harvard study conducted over 14 years concluded that women who ate fish at least two to four times a week were half as likely to suffer a stroke as compared to the women who did not. A diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids can also provide a laundry list of health benefits including reduced inflammation and pain reduction. Needless to say, eating more fish should be a priority in a well-rounded, healthy diet.