Eating Fish Reduces Heart Disease

by Medindia Content Team on  July 6, 2005 at 9:31 PM General Health News
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Eating  Fish Reduces Heart Disease
It is now official - eating fish is good for the heart. A recent study undertaken by Robert Wilson, a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School has found that by eating fish regularly, the risk of inflammation in the body is less and there is also a lower risk of cardiovascular problems.

The substance that helps is omega-3 fatty acids in the fishes that are lean varieties such as salmon. The study used more than 3,000 Greek men and women with an average age of about 45. They found that those who ate at least 10.5 ounces of fish each week generally had as much as 33 percent lower levels of inflammatory substances -- such as C-reactive protein -- than those who did not eat fish. Those who ate between 5.3 and 10.5 ounces a week also had lower levels of inflammatory substances than those who did not.

C-reactive protein is a marker of inflammation and is associated with heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. They may also play a role in the buildup of unstable plaques inside blood vessels..

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