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How To Protect Your Heart

How To Protect Your Heart

It is essential that the vital organs are in prime condition to sustain a healthy lifestyle, the heart probably comes top of the list of priorities. Just by increasing the intake of certain foods will give a five-fold benefit to improving health and well-being.

Omega-3 fatty acids, which cannot be produced naturally by the body, are found in fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, herring and anchovies. The fatty acids are important to protect the heart, prevent arthritis and control diabetes. The oil increases the level of nitric oxide which has a direct impact on the muscle cells that control blood vessels, and block the body’s response to inflammation. Research carried out by University of Reading in the UK finds that omega-3 is as potent as prescribed drugs taken by diabetics. So, three benefits for the price of one.

These types of fish, along with cod, sole and haddock which contain lower levels of omega-3, have other benefits in that they are lower in calories than other foods sources such as meats, have little saturated fat and little salt. They are also packed with a range of the essential vitamins and minerals that our body needs. So they offer general all round health benefits.

Why is it that over 60% of adults never eat oily fish? It surely cannot be caused by the word “oily”, since in comparison with the much consumed burger, with high saturated fat levels, fish could be genuinely referred to as “health foods.” They are great to eat and offer a multitude of meal options.

Consider straightforward grilling of fish such as mackerel or sardines. Searing and lightly cooking a tuna steak. A traditional fish pie. A salmon steak coated in Cajun seasoning and grilled. A whole smoked herring. Nutritionists suggest that we should eat at least two meals a week consisting of fish, one of which to be a variety high in omega-3. When one considers the three meal options of the day over seven days a week, this objective can easily be achieved. Having a great meal made with fish with plenty of fresh vegetables will also do wonders to improve your own sense of feeling better.

So the five benefits. Improvements in blood flow, preventing arthritis, help for diabetics, improving your diet and your personal well-being. All from one food source – the humble fish. In addition some foods are fortified at low levels with omega-3, such as chicken, margarine, milk and bread.