The Secret of Fish
It is a well known fact that fish is highly nutritious
and Omega 3, a kind of fatty acid, is one of the valuable
nutrients found in fish. This particular fatty acid does
our body good in many ways; for example, it lowers fat (triglyceride
in blood), prevents fat clogging on the wall of blood vessels,
and lowers platelet adhesion. The common fatty acids that
are in the same category as Omega 3 include EPA and DHA.
Our body can synthesize these two acids from
alpha - linoleic acid, oil found in soybeans
and walnuts. The above - mentioned fatty acids
abound in oily fish.
A group of researchers observed that Eskimos, who eat more
oily fish, an important source of Omega 3, than others,
have a relatively lower rate of deaths from clogged arteries,
compared with other people. This study has verified the
advantage of seafood consumption on health. Studies on the
eating habits of other groups of people show that the consumption
of fish in one or two meals a week can reduce the risk of
death from clogged arteries by approximately 50 per cent.
However, this has not clearly been proved in certain studies.
Fish, whether fresh water or marine, is a good source of
protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, and minerals, especially iodine
and potassium. Most people believe that marine fish contains
more Omega 3 than fresh water fish. In fact, many species
of fresh water fish in Thailand contain a great deal of
DHA fatty acid (from the analysis of Nutrition Division,
Department of Health). Oily fish does not contain only Omega
3, but also considerable amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin
The consumption of fish and fish oil helps prevent death
from heart disease, high blood pressure, and migraine.
From : www.sioutdoors.com - April 2002