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Understanding the Benefits of Fish

By Tom Herrin

Back when people ate a lot of beef with those potatoes and all that bread, it was considered to be a good and healthy meal.  That was before Americans realized that those meals may have been breaking down their health.  At the same time, people in more economically deprived countries were having to eat what was available.  Sometimes that was fish.  As it often turned out, the fish was much healthier much of the time.  Adding it to diets can generally improve health.

Fish May Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Studies have shown that people who eat fish regularly have fewer instances of heart disease and strokes.  A study of more than 40,000 men who ate fish at least one time per week found that they had a 15 percent lower risk of heart disease.  The belief is that eating the fatty fish is even better due to the omega-3 fatty acids.  This is particularly in fish such as trout, salmon, tuna, and a few others.

Fish May Help Lessen the Risk of Asthma in Children

Some things may be difficult to explain, but some studies have shown that eating fish on a regular basis may reduce the chance of children developing asthma by as much as 24 percent.  If eating fish regularly can help this, many people would gladly have done this as children.  There does not appear to be any relationship with asthma in adults.  

It Can Be a Popular Meal

At our home, the kids would eat fish sticks or something similar every day.  We all enjoy various types of fish.  We try to avoid eating it fried for obvious reasons, but we love it broiled, baked, or grilled.  For sure if we are near the coast, we are looking for seafood restaurants.  Even in our home, we will eat salmon or tuna out of can for a quick meal.  When I am short on time, I will open a can of sardines and eat them with crackers.  They are fast and easy even if they do taste a little fishy.  I buy them with Louisiana hot sauce, but they are available with lots of other choices.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goleta, Calif.

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