Protects your heart
Studies show that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may help reduce several risk factors of heart disease. Fish oil is linked to lower levels of triglycerides (fats in the blood), and helps prevent or treat hardening of the arteries by slowing production of plaque or blood clots. Studies also suggest that regularly consuming foods with omega-3 fatty acids may help protect against stroke. However, new evidence from an analysis of 14 clinical trials suggests fish oil might not benefit people who already suffered a heart attack or stroke. “Our meta-analysis showed insufficient evidence of a secondary preventive effect of omega-3 fatty acid supplements against overall cardiovascular events among patients with a history of cardiovascular disease,” the study authors wrote. Keep in mind that fish oil pills can thin the blood, so check with a doctor or dietitian before taking them. If you don’t want to reap these fish oil benefits by taking the supplement, try these other ways to get more omega-3 rich foods into your diet.
Research in the journal Nutrients says that fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids (the main component of fish oil) are one of the best foods to lower cholesterol. The omega-3s help reduce triglyceride levels (fats in the blood), which leads to higher HDL levels, or “good cholesterol.” Fish oil supplements can do the trick, but eating fatty fish like salmon or even canned tuna two to three times a week can positively impact cholesterol, according to the National Institutes of Health.