Do you eat a lot of fish? If so, you may live longer.
According to an article in US News and World Report, researchers have found that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids might lengthen your life.
A study of more than 2,000 older adults found those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids lived more than two years longer on average than those with lower blood levels.
Omega-3 is found in salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout and albacore tuna
Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian at the Harvard School of Public Health points out that this was not a study of fish oil supplements. He also says that although this doesn't prove that eating fish will increase longevity, it does suggest a connection.
People with the highest levels of omega-3s reduced their overall risk of death from any cause by up to 27 percent compared to those with the lowest levels. And they had about a 35 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease.
As you may know, fish contains heart-healthy protein and fatty acids, and other studies have found diets rich in fish lower the risk of heart disease death.
The American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5-ounce servings of fatty fish, such as salmon, each week.
According to Dr. Mozaffarian, the lead researcher in the study, if you haven’t been eating fish regularly, you can start now. He says "Going from zero to some intake seems to be where you get most of the benefit for your blood levels.”
To learn more about omega-3s in your diet, visit the American Heart Association at heart.org.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.