Eating Fish is Good For Your Brain…

7 04 2010

Some fish are great sources of the Omega-3 Fatty Acid, Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA).  This fatty acid is a component of the brain.  Adequate amounts in the diet help promote optimal brain function.

Another Omega-3 Fatty Acid found in fish, Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), has other benefits.  This fatty acid aids in reducing inflammation.

Potential Benefits of Omega-3 fats:
1. Improved brain function
2. Reduced inflammation
3. Reduced joint pain
4. Improved cardiovascular function (circulation)

Best Sources of DHA & EPA:
1. Salmon
2. Sardines
3. Mackerel
4. Tuna Steaks
Canned Tuna has 1/5 the amount of omega-3 as the tuna steak.

BOTTOM LINE:
Eat fish at least 2-3 times per week.

© Randy Bird, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS and Randy Bird Sports Nutrition, 2010.

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