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Fish – Why is it so good for us?

November 10th, 2014 | by Events Staff
Fish – Why is it so good for us?

Would you believe that fish is a great nutrient to help your body after a strenuous workout? I didn’t, but I have been converted!

Seafood has long been recognised as the best dietary source of Omega-3. You’ll have heard a lot about Omega-3. It’s on food packaging, it’s in advertisements and it’s in the papers. But what is it? Why do we need it? And where can it be found?

Health benefits of Omega 3 include: significantly reduced chances of cancer and heart disease. Boosts to sporting performance and concentration. Association with brain development, joint function and healthy skin.


Some examples of fish species for Omega 3:

Lemon Sole and Monkfish have 140mg per portion. King scallops have 207mg. Tuna has 223mg per portion, also Lobster, Halibut, Sea Bass, Mussels, Cockles, Salmon, Mackerel, and top of the pile – its Herring, and don’t forget with over 100 species of fish to choose from threes no excuse for sticking to the same old fish. Try a new one.

Now that’s what I call Omega 3. It also comes in capsules, but I recommend the real thing. My favourite comes from Fishmongers. Francis Greene Fishmongers in Swansea Market is my choice.

Since I started eating the fish my joint pain has definitely eased and I believe in real food not supplements or tablets.


Omega 3 can also help the following:

  • Blood fat (triglycerides).Fish oil supplements can lower elevated triglyceride levels. Having high levels of this blood fat puts you at risk for heart disease. DHA alone has also been shown to lower triglycerides.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil supplements (EPA+DHA) can curb stiffness and joint pain. Omega-3 supplements also seem to boost the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Depression. Some researchers have found that cultures that eat foods with high levels of omega-3s have lower levels of depression. Fish oil also seems to boost the effects of antidepressants and may help the depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Baby development. DHA appears to be important for visual and neurological development in infants.
  • Asthma. A diet high in omega-3s lowers inflammation, a key component in asthma. But more studies are needed to show if fish oil supplements improve lung function or cut the amount of medication a person needs to control the condition.
  • ADHD. Some studies show that fish oil can reduce the symptoms of ADHD in some children and improve their mental skills, like thinking, remembering, and learning. But more research is needed in this area, and omega-3 supplements should not be used as a primary treatment.
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Some research suggests that omega-3s may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and have a positive effect on gradual memory loss linked to aging. But that’s not certain yet.


So my top tips for this week:

  • Eat real food instead of taking vitamins or tablets
  • Make eating fish part of your training regime.
  • Eating the correct fish will help you recover from exercise
  • Omega 3 from fish can increase sporting performance and concentration
  • Omega3 may significantly reduced chances of cancer and heart disease and much much more.

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