Omega-3s are a polyunsaturated essential fatty acid required to maintain good health. They are one of the “good fats”. Eating foods that contain omega-3s, like canned seafood, has been linked to reducing the risk factors for several major diseases.
Doctors have long recognized that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish appear to reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as playing a crucial role in brain development and normal functioning. Apart from these, the EPA and DHA found in fish and seafood offer many other important health benefits, including:
- lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
- decreasing risk of stroke and blood clots
- reducing the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of age-related vision loss in Canada
- aiding in fetal development and infant brain, eye, and nervous system development
- alleviating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory diseases
- protecting against certain cancers such as breast, colon, and prostate
- boosting the body’s immunity
- may even help prevent type-2 diabetes
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