Boost Your Brain, Heart & More… in 1 Easy Step
Imagine if one simple trick could…
- Help you get control of your blood sugar and weight
- Promote strong, healthy vision
- Support safer blood pressure levels
- Cut your risk of heart trouble up to 30%
- Promote clearer thinking and a sharper memory
Well, this trick does exist. It’s fast, simple, and doesn’t require any exercise. But it’s not a supplement.
I was reminded of this little trick when I read a just-published study from Spain. Researchers compared 945 people between 55 and 80. Those who used this secret had lower blood sugar levels and tended to stay much thinner than those who didn’t. And they discovered the trick works equally well for men and women.1
The secret these people used is to eat fish. People who ate more fish simply didn’t have the blood sugar and weight problems of people who didn’t.
A much larger study found that as little as one serving of fish a week supports healthy vision. Over 10 years, Australians who ate one weekly serving of fish cut their risk of a common form of serious vision trouble by 31%.2 Just one serving a week!
You’ve probably heard of fish’s links to heart health before. But a brand new analysis of 84,493 women really drives the point home. In this study, women who ate fish frequently were 30% less likely to suffer a serious heart episode than women who avoid eating fish.3
The same study also sounded a cautionary note. Not all fish is created equal. Eating just one serving of fried fish a week had the opposite effect. It increased women’s heart risk by 48%.
Don’t eat fish just for your heart, either. A brand-new study from Pittsburgh Medical Center shows your grandmother was right. Fish is good for your brain, too.
Researchers measured the brain volume of 260 mature adults. Then they followed their volunteers for several years. At the outset, all the volunteers had sharp minds.
After just 5 years, the people who rarely ate fish experienced measurable amounts of shrinkage in several parts of their brain. The volunteers who ate the most fish had far less shrinkage. In fact, those who ate broiled or baked fish regularly even showed gains in mental sharpness.4
The people who ate fish every week also had higher levels of a type of memory called “working memory.” This is the memory that allows you to remember things to short-term and to focus on tasks.
Fatty fish – such as salmon and mackerel – tend to offer the greatest benefit in most studies. Most… but not all. When it comes to blood pressure, lean fish wins out.
A team in Finland found that eating a serving of lean fish about 4 times per week promotes healthier blood pressure. But eating fatty fish didn’t appear to have any effect on blood pressure.5
These benefits are all great. But at this point, you may be thinking, “But what about all I’ve heard about mercury in fish? Is it really safe to eat fish a few times a week?”
The answer depends on the kind of fish.
You’ll encounter higher levels of mercury as you move up the food chain. So it’s best to avoid eating shark, marlin, swordfish, grouper and other large predators.
Halibut, mahi mahi, tuna and snapper usually have lower levels of mercury, and should be okay to eat occasionally.
Sardines, salmon, Pacific sole, chub mackerel, catfish and tilapia are among the fish with the lowest levels of mercury. It’s generally safe to enjoy these fish regularly. Most shellfish – except lobster – are low in mercury, too.
For the best quality, choose wild-caught fish, such as Alaskan salmon. And remember – as little as one serving a week – broiled or baked – can help you stay healthier, longer.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
1 “Eating Fish Can Reduce the Risk of Diabetes, Study Suggests,” ScienceDaily. Nov. 11, 2011.
2 Tan, J.S.L., et al, “Dietary Fatty Acids and the 10-Year Incidence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration,” Arch Ophthalmol. 2009;127(5):656-665.
3 Belin, R.J., et al, “Fish Intake and the Risk of Incident Heart Failure: The Women’s Health Initiative,” Circulation: Heart Failure. 2011; 4: 404-413
4 Eating Fish Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease,” Radiological Society of North America. November 30, 2011.
5 Erkkilä A.T., et al, “Effects of fatty and lean fish intake on blood pressure in subjects with coronary heart disease using multiple medications,” Eur J Nutr. Sep 2008;47(6):319-328.