Fish are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which “play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development,” according to the University of Maryland Medical Center article.
“Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis,” the article continues.
It goes on to say that the acids appear to help cognitive and behavioral function.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week.
“Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna are high in two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which have demonstrated benefits at reducing heart disease.
Non-seafood dishes such as tofu, soybeans, canola, walnut and flaxseed contain fatty acids as well, the AHA says.
There are many ways to get your fatty acids.
The American Heart Association cites shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish as five of the most popular types of seafood.
Don’t hesitate to experiment with different types of fish! There’s a wide variety of flavors and recipes out there. See what sounds good for tonight’s dinner.