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Eating Fish for Healthy Living

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Caregivers  Suwanee, GA

There are numerous health benefits for eating oily fish. This applies to people of all ages, and when you’re trying to get your senior loved one to eat a healthier diet, this is a good place to start. Oily fish is being considered as a super food. Researchers world-wide have verified that this kind of fish eaten 2-3 times weekly can greatly increase your level of health, reduce inflammation and cancer risks as well as a variety of other diseases.

Oily fish includes sardines, mackerel, salmon, trout, anchovies and herring. They are great sources of vitamins D and A as well as being rich in omega-3 fats. Research shows that eating these fish types helps to decrease the decline of brain cells, thus reducing risks of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia diseases.

  • How oily fish benefits cardiovascular health

All types of fish actually benefit your cardiovascular health, but oily fish have much more benefits. Eating fish regularly helps to reduce blood pressure as well as reducing blood cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids help to clean up fatty plaque found in arteries and assist the heart in pumping strong. Researchers tend to agree that to maximize your cardiovascular benefits from eating fish, you should have one serving each of oily and non-oily fish per week.

  • Decreasing your risks of developing dementia

Nutritionists agree that eating oily types of fish helps to delay the loss of neural connections as people age, thus helping the person to retain memories for a longer period of time.

  • Eye health improved by eating fish

There is a reduced risk for the development of macular degeneration for people who eat oily fish two times per week. Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation in the eyes and actually throughout the entire body.

  • Other health benefits

Adding oily fish to the diet can help men to greatly reduce their risks of developing cancer of the prostate. Keeping inflammation low with adequate levels of omega-3 fats can help reduce many other health problems. There are so many varieties and cuts of fish to choose from, just go to the grocery store and look around to see what appeals to you. It can be purchased fresh if you’re lucky enough to live near a fish market. You can also buy great quality fish frozen or canned. Buying in cans is very convenient and you don’t have to open a big quantity at one time. It’s already cooked so there isn’t much fuss. For example, a can of salmon can serve 2 people or 1 person for 2 meals. Just refrigerate the leftovers in a tightly sealed container for up to 3 days.

It’s very important for your elderly loved one to maintain a healthy diet. If you have concerns about your aging parent being able to cook and eat nutritious food on their own, consider getting them a home care provider.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in the home, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511