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Something's fishy ... and that's good

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

Did you know that you could eat sardines every day for several months and never have to open the same -- often artistically designed -- tin twice? There is even a subculture of sardine enthusiasts who collect various tins and then blog about them (check out http://mouth-full-of-sardines.blogspot.com/). But sardines' virtues extend beyond their coveted taste and packaging.

A recent in-depth review of 40 clinical trials with more than 135,000 participants shows just how smart it is to eat foods like sardines that are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that EPA and DHA supplementation, with an average daily dose of 1,220 mg, reduced the risk of fatal heart attacks by 35% and coronary-heart-disease-associated deaths by 9%. Supplementation also reduced the overall incidence of heart attacks by 13% and heart disease by 10%.

Other studies have found these two omega-3s also lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration and certain cancers.

As with every nutrient, the best source for EPAs and DHAs is food. Fatty fish such as salmon, anchovies and sardines are loaded with 'em. Sardines deliver 2,000 mg in each 3-ounce serving. But even if you're incorporating these foods into your diet, you probably aren't getting enough of these omega-3s. So, ask your doctor if a supplement of fish or algal oil (900 mg at least) is right for you, especially if you're at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

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Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com.

(c)2020 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2020 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
 

 

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