Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States, killing over 375,000 people a year. It is also the #1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. (Check out the Heart Disease Risk Calculator >> Click here)
If you’re worried about heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends that people eat fish like salmon at least once or twice a week, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are the unsaturated fats (good fats) in fish which are responsible for providing the kind of nutrients that reduce the risk of dying of heart disease.
Good for the heart?
New research also suggests that there are other nutrients in fish that are responsible for improved health. Many believe Omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role in decreasing strokes, heart failure risk, heart disease, blood clotting, reduce triglycerides, reduce irregular heartbeats, and improve learning in children.
Benefits of eating salmon
While there are many types of fish that contain small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon, lake trout, tuna, sardines, and herring contain the most omega-3 fatty acids and, therefore, provide the most benefit to your health.
How much salmon should I eat?
For adults, at least two servings of omega-3-rich fish a week are recommended. A serving size is 3.5 ounces (99 grams), or about the size of your fist. Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant and young children should limit the amount of fish they eat because they are most susceptible to the potential toxins in fish.
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