May 2012 Issue

Seafood, Best Catch for Health

Aim for at least two servings of protein-rich, low-saturated-fat seafood every week to boost heart and brain health and enhance mood.

If you’re like most Americans, you’re not getting the recommended eight ounces of seafood per week; fewer than 22 percent meet this goal. And you may be missing out on an important strategy to improve your health through diet. Seafood is a low-saturated-fat protein choice, rich in beneficial nutrients, including vitamin D, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. Fishing for healthy nutrients. Strong evidence indicates eicosapentanenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA,) the essential omega-3 fats in fish, can boost heart health, as well as offer protection against depression, dementia and inflammatory disorders, such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

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