Omega-3 – The Good Fat

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Omega-3 – The Good Fat

Fat has a bad reputation. Besides being a contributing factor to obesity and related illnesses, fat hits people where it counts – the waistline. But not all types of fat are bad. In fact, omega-3 fatty acids found in tuna, salmon and other fish are essential vitamins that provide numerous health benefits to men and women.

For years researchers and health professionals have been looking at the benefits of omega-3 to prevent or cure everything from arthritis and asthma to acne and depression. Among the growing body of evidence supporting benefits of omega-3, one thing is known for sure — it’s great for the heart.

Omega-3 is recommended for people in good health and patients with or at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. Research has also shown omega-3:

  • Reduces risk of sudden death from heart problems
  • Decreases blood clots
  • Improves arterial health
  • Lowers blood pressure

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times a week because it benefits the heart, contains protein and has low levels of saturated fat.

“Omega-3 is extremely beneficial to men and women,” said Sharon McNerney, a registered dietitian from California, “and canned and pouched seafood is an inexpensive and convenient way to add the essential vitamin to a person’s diet.”

Omega-3 can also be found in English walnuts, uncooked flaxseed oil, grass-fed beef, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables and wild game.

For more information on the heart healthy benefits of omega-3, visit the American Heart Association at www.americanheart.org, or for some heart healthy recipes visit our Recipe Treasure Chest.

All Chicken of the Sea salmon is wild-caught, not farm-raised.

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