Salmon, Fish and Omega-3s

Four fish included in the superfood category are salmon, tuna, sardines and trout.  All four provide high levels of nutrients.  The omega-3s found in fish help lower your risk of heart disease, relieve arthritis, and current research suggests it may help with memory loss and Alzheimer’s as well as reduce depression.  Fish is also a good source of protein and the omega 3 fatty acids are known to lower LDL cholesterol while raising the good HDL.

Omega-3s are most common in fatty, cold water fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel.  Not only are they high omega-3s, they’re also a good source of monounsaturated fats, which can lower cholesterol.  Omega-3 fats also protect your heart by keeping your blood vessels healthy and allowing proper blood flow.  The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish like salmon twice a week.

 

Adding Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet is an excellent way to jump start your weight loss program.  When you increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, you allow your body to release more stored fat which leads to increased weight loss.  On the other hand, when you restrict your intake of all fats, your body tends to hold on to the fat it already has making it difficult to lose weight and belly fat.

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