There is good news for fish lovers and those who are at a risk of having heart diseases. A study has revealed that consuming fatty fish four times a week can help prevent the risk of heart disease by increasing the amount of good cholesterol. The study also suggests that consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids overall benefit our body such as an increase in blood flow, lower risk of developing asthma. The study was published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, stated the long-chain omega-3 acids such as Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and short-chain omega 3 acids such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) prevent the body from diseases and increase metabolism.Also Read - What are Vitamin Supplements? Are They Good For Health?
The study was led by Suvi Manninen from the University of Western England found that consuming fatty fish or omega-3 fatty acids increases the size and lipid composition of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles, which is good cholesterol, in people with impaired glucose metabolism. Also, the consumption of camelina sativa oil which is rich in short omega-3 fatty acids lower the number of harmful Intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL) particles. Such changes in size and composition of HDL particles can be beneficial for heart health. Also Read - Can’t Lose Weight? Add These 7 Essential Nutrients to Your Diet to Lose Weight Quickly
The research was conducted on 79 Finnish men and women aged between 40 and 72, with impaired glucose metabolism. These participants were divided into four groups for a 12-week intervention— the camelina oil group, the fatty fish group, the lean fish group, and the control group. Participants in the lean and fatty fish groups were asked to eat lean and fatty fish four times a week and the people in the camelina oil group were asked to use camelina sativa oil daily. Also Read - Delta Variant 8 Times Less Sensitive To COVID-19 Vaccine Antibodies, Finds Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Study
The team who ate fatty fish increased the size and lipid composition of HDL particles and the team that used camelina oil decreased the number of harmful IDL particles. Both of these changes can reduce the risk of cardio diseases.
Other benefits of eating fatty fish or consuming omega-3 fatty acids increase the amount of Vitamin-D which is essential for our body and brain to function properly. It also reduces the risk of age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.