If you’re like me you’ve heard a lot, in recent years, about the miracle of Omega-3 and fish oil. Claims have been made about the wonders of how Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) can help your body fight everything from acne, cardio-vascular disease, arthritis, depression, prostate cancer, eczema, wrinkles, psoriasis, macular degeneration and ADHD.
Well I’m here to tell you – all those claims you’ve heard are absolutely true.
Now I’m no doctor or scientist, and I don’t claim to be, but working in this industry you can’t help but hear about the benefits of fish oil almost daily. So let me give you the short (Twitter-ized) explanation on why fish oil can do so many things.
Because of our diets and enviroment, most Americans don’t get enough essential fatty acids. Drinking, smoking, too many carbs, too much sun exposure are all contributors to the problem. Consuming fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids can help restore your body’s levels of these important nutrients.
“What’s the best way to go about this?” you may ask. According to the American Heart Association, “Increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake through foods is preferable.”
Which foods are safest and most abundant in omega-3 fatty acid?
“Go all out for wild Pacific salmon, trout, flounder and haddock, where mercury poses little problem. Keep in mind that in terms of overall nutritional value and healthy fat, you’ll get the most bangs for your buck from the salmon. They may spend more time in school, but you’ll be all the smarter for it!” - Environmental Working Group
“I love all the cardiac benefits of fish oil. Is it true that it can reduce wrinkles as well?” asked a recent guest I spoke with at The Oceanaire. That’s right. Fish oil is high in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and an increase in these proteins not only improves the appearance but can rebuild the skin.
“Fish oil has been found to be effective in reducing photoageing (especially elastosis), wrinkle formation and is also beneficial in preventing chronological ageing, such as thinning of the skin” (Kim et al., 2005).
So if that isn’t enough reason to stop by The Oceanaire and replenish your bodies essential nutrients, how about the fact that our chefs can make this task a labor of love.