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Health Benefits of Fish

  • What are omega-3 fatty acids?
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    • 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:

Mayo Clinic


American Heart Association

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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:

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