Oct 23, 2014

Health Benefits of Omega-3

You have almost certainly heard of omega-3 fatty acids. Perhaps you’ve heard them mentioned on the news, by your healthcare provider, or even a friend. But do you know why everyone is talking about these fatty acids? Omega-3s have been found to have some amazing health benefits. They’ve been show to have a positive impact on everything from heart health to your body weight and even your brain. You can’t afford to not consume these fatty acids! Let’s take a look at where these fatty acids come from and the benefits that can offer you.

Omega-3 fat is a type of essential fatty acid that the body cannot produce, which means that these fatty acids need to be obtained from food. The forms of omega-3 fatty acids which have been most associated with health benefits in research include Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), of which the major dietary source is seafood. Studies have shown an association with an elevated dietary intake of these fats and:

• A decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats)
• Decreased triglyceride levels
• Slowed growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque
• Lowered blood pressure

To take in enough omega-3 fatty acids to promote heart health, the American Heart Association recommends eating fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, at least two times per week. And there’s no better time than the month of October, which is National Seafood Month, to boost your fish intake! Why not try incorporating the delicious and easy to prepare line of seafood from Matlaw’s? Options such as Matlaw’s Salmon Fillets are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids – they taste great, and can be incorporated into recipes from salads, to sandwiches, and everything in between. Choose Matlaw’s for dinner tonight and your heart, and taste buds, will thank you!