A healthy Mediterranean diet has long been recognized as good for your heart. And now recent studies show a Mediterranean diet that includes plenty of omega 3 fish not only lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke, it also lowers your risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
So eating more fish, as part of a healthy Mediterranean style diet, may help to save your life.
Metabolic syndrome, which is on the rise in the United States and all around the world, occurs when a person has a combination of three or more of the following five symptoms:
- Blood pressure greater than 130/85,M
- A triglyceride count higher than 150 mg/dL,
- Fasting blood sugar that is greater than 100 mg/dL,
- HDL ("good") cholesterol under 40 in men and 50 in women,
- And more than a 35 inch waist for women and a 40 inch waist for men.
After reviewing the results of more than fifty scientific studies, researchers from Greece and Italy found that the naturally fish-rich Mediterranean diet lowers blood pressure, blood sugar and triglycerides, plus it helps improve the overall HDL (good) to LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
This study was recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
A healthy Mediterranean diet includes daily servings of vegetables, fruits, whole grain cereals, and low-fat dairy products, plus several weekly servings of fish, poultry, beans, nuts and seeds.
It also includes using monounsaturated olive oil, and a moderate daily consumption of wine, which is served with meals. Processed foods and red meat are kept to a bare minimum.
Fish thatís high in the omega 3 fatty acids like salmon, sardines, herring and trout, has not only been found to be good for the cardiovascular system and avoiding metabolic syndrome, itís also very important during fetal, infancy and early childhood brain development and for preventing eye problems. Plus, in adults, itís good for arthritis, depression and Alzheimerís disease.
Thatís why most dietary guidelines recommend that everyone eat two or more servings of fish each week. However, most Americans, for a variety of reasons, eat far less than that.
If you avoid fish because of toxicity concerns, studies show that the health benefits of omega 3 fish, eaten two or three times a week, far outweighs any possible risk of fish oil side effects. But do avoid the high risk predator fish, such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish.
And also consider taking high quality pure fish oil supplements, guaranteed to be toxin-free.
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