The web Browser you are currently using is unsupported, and some features of this site may not work as intended. Please update to a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Edge to experience all features Michigan.gov has to offer.
Health Benefits of Fish
- What are omega-3 fatty acids?
- Omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s) are healthy fats found in some fish. These are important fats that your body needs to work well.
- Omega-3s include DHAs and EPAs, found in fish, and ALAs, found in plants.
- Some fish like salmon, herring, and anchovies are naturally high in omega-3s.
- Why are omega-3s good for me?
- Omega-3s are great for brain growth and development in babies and children. They boost learning power and provide key building blocks for healthy growth.
- The Mayo Clinic says omega-3s may reduce inflammation in your body. Inflammation can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease.
- The American Heart Association says eating fish high in omega-3s may help to prevent heart disease in adults. Omega-3s may lower triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and reduce blood clotting. All of these are keys to good heart health!
- Omega-3s also improve arthritis symptoms.
Download the Hooked on Fish Cookbook for some great fish recipes collected from people around the state!
Learn more about the health benefits of fish:
US FDA & USDA
American Heart Association
In order to get the most health benefits from fish, choose fish that are safe and low in harmful chemicals. Learn how to choose safe fish:
Eating fish from a Michigan lake or river?
Want this information to go?
Click here to print or download any of our fish materials.
Or you can call 1-800-648-6942 to request that a
MDHHS Eat Safe Fish packet be mailed to you.