Q: What are the health benefits of fish oil, and how much fish do I need to eat to get them? Is tuna packed in oil better for you than tuna packed in water because of the extra fish oil?
A: As many people know, too much saturated fat in your diet (typically from fatty meats and full-fat dairy products) may raise the risk of atherosclerotic disease (clogging of the arteries), which can lead to heart disease, stroke and/or peripheral vascular disease.
On the other hand, polyunsaturated fats, such as those found in fish, nuts and vegetable oils, have health benefits and reduce the risk of coronary artery heart disease.
(Syndicated News) Of all age-related diseases, perhaps nothing is more dreaded than age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – a deterioration of the retina that leads to eventual blindness. Commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 55, instances of AMD have increased dramatically over the past decade as average life expectancy continues to reach all-time highs. Fortunately, experts state that preventing AMD can be as simple as selecting a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. According to Laura McNaughton of Salmon of the America’s farmed salmon is one of the easiest ways to obtain the nutrient.
“Farmed salmon has been proven to contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids,” states Laura McNaughton. “With recent reports stating that omega-3 can help prevent age-related macular degeneration, it’s the perfect food to eat on a regular basis.”
A new study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, in fact, states that consumption of fish rich in omega-3 can cut the risk of developing AMD by as much as 40 percent. The study comes on the heels of recent research by the Harvard University School of Public Health dispelling myths associating salmon consumption with mercury contamination. This, says McNaughton, is just one of many reasons that salmon should be a staple on family menus. While both wild and farmed salmon make up a healthy diet, farmed salmon contains larger amounts of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acides.
“Omega-3 is associated with more than just eye health. It improves memory function, benefits the circulatory system, and contributes to all-around bodily improvement,” says McNaughton. “People of all ages should be including farmed salmon on their weekly menu. After all, it’s never too late or too early to focus on health and it’s easy to see how farmed salmon contributes to a healthy body.”
(Syndicated News) Despite the miraculous advancements that take place on a yearly basis in the field of medicine, the human body continues to defy science in ways that leave experts shaking their heads in frustration. Take, for example, the current state of mental health in America. Are there medications designed to treat problems such as degenerative tissue diseases, brain chemical imbalances and memory loss? Of course. Are such drugs always as effective as promised? Not quite. What has proven consistently reliable in the medical field, however, are nutrition-based solutions, and it’s something that Salmon of the Americas (http://salmonoftheamericas.com) spokesperson Laura McNaughton is proud to be associated with.
“Recent studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are not only essential for human health, but are a key component in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease,” says McNaughton. “When it comes to potent sources of omega-3, nothing tops fish — especially farmed salmon.”
Of particular interest to scientists is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — a group of omega-3 acids readily found in salmon. DHA has been shown to not only lead to better heart health, but to prevent the development of harmful brain plaques commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Harvard University studies have also shown that pregnant women who consume such fatty acids are likely to increase the intellectual development of their unborn children.
“Farmed salmon is brain food,” says McNaughton. “In fact, experts are now advising individuals to consume fish at least one to two times per week in order maximize the benefits of omega-3 intake. As summarized in a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health, ocean farmed salmon has the highest level of omega-3 fatty acids per serving of all fish. With research showing farmed salmon to be superior to wild salmon in terms of omega-3 content, the choice is clear from a consumer-interest standpoint.”