The tales of porpoises helping drowning swimmers are heart warming, but you don’t have to get wet to be saved by a fish. Two major studies have shown that people who ate fish at least once weekly, compared with people who ate it once a month or less, are less likely to die suddenly from a heart attack. A study of 80,000 nurses showed that those who ate fish five or more times a week had half the number of strokes as those who only ate fish 1 to 3 times monthly.
It’s believed that the omega-3 fats, found in fish, are the reason. Omega-3 fats are highly polyunsaturated fatty acids. And it’s polyunsaturated fats (fats that are missing two or more hydrogen pairs) that are the “good” fats the body needs to do essential tasks. Without any fats, the vitamins A, D, E and K wouldn’t be carried throughout your blood system. And with these fats, your body may be better able to fight deadly disease.
About 500,000 Americans die every year from heart attacks, and about half of them die suddenly–with no warning. Omega-3s may prevent heart attacks from happening by preventing the platelets in the blood from sticking together and forming clots. Clots are what block arteries in the heart or to the brain, causing heart attacks or strokes.
Omega-3 fats may also help inhibit some cancers, other research has found. And omega-3s block inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and colitis and are linked with a low risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
However, a recent study showed that fish oil supplements created an added risk for prostate cancer in men over age 60! So get your fish oil the natural way, from actual fish.