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Our Hearts and Brains Love Seafood

Published on
July 28, 2018

Two servings of fish per week can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, even for those who aren’t eating especially healthy diets, according to a new science advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA).

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“The amount of research and science has grown so much since the last advisory came out that it was time to come up with a new statement on the beneficial effects of seafood in preventing not just heart disease, but stroke, heart failure, sudden cardiac death and congestive heart failure,” said Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston and chair of the group that wrote the advisory.

Research has focused largely on the anti-inflammatory influence of omega-3s, which counters the hardening and narrowing of arteries that characterizes heart disease. Diets higher in omega-3s are also linked to lower triglyceride levels and fewer fatty deposits that clog arteries.

While the AHA advisory was focused on heart health, research has also shown a significant correlation between eating higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and improved brain health—and the same mechanism is likely at play: reduced inflammation.  The connection between inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases and disorders–from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s to depression–is becoming clearer. Upping the omega-3 density of our diets could be one of the most important things we can do for our brains as well as our hearts.

Do farm-raised fish provide the same benefits as wild fish?  While farm-raised fish are a more sustainable option than wild fish, the diets of many farm-raised fish—cornmeal, for example—may undermine the benefits by increasing the omega-6 fatty acids in the fish and lowering omega-3s. On the other hand, some farm-raised fish with diets tailored to enhance omega-3s actually have higher levels of EPA and DHA than wild fish.

Salties has a great source of Wild oil rich fish species, like Fresh Mackerel, Fresh Greenland Turbot, Fresh Halibut and Fresh Spotted Wolffish. Our two farmed species, Arctic Char and Salmon are raised on Fishmeal based diets, not Cornmeal, yielding more Omega-3s and improving their health overall.

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