Eating Salmon Can Help Combat Disease

There are so many reasons to consider adding salmon to your meal plan. This fish provides a healthy boost of vitamins B6 and D

New research suggests omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in fatty fish such as salmon, may play a vital role in fighting off atherosclerosis

The condition that describes plaque build-up within the walls of the arteries. In the study, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found omega-3 fatty acids form molecules

That activate a receptor which can be important to stopping the inflammation process, combating the disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids can potentially help protect against atherosclerosis by several means, in particular by reducing inflammation

However, she cautioned, "This study is just one piece of the big puzzle and further studies are needed before we can fully translate this to humans."

Omega-3 fatty acids will protect you from atherosclerosis, the anti-inflammatory properties of these fatty acids have been tied to a wide range of other health benefits

Getting more of these fatty acids in your diet may take some work, since the processed foods on shelves at most grocery stores are made with lower-quality

Such as safflower or soybean oil, which are rich in omega-6 fatty acids rather than omega-3s, Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, nutrition and wellness expert

When your omegas are off-balanced in this way, it may promote low-grade, chronic inflammation that's tied to numerous health problems

Including autoimmune inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and mood disorders," she said.

So, before your next trip to the grocery store, consider making a point of adding foods high in omega-3 fatty acids to your shopping list