Surprising Side Effects of Eating Fish

1. A lower likelihood of heart disease.

An oily fish each week was associated with a lower risk of experiencing a major cardiovascular disease event (such as heart attack or stroke)

"Eating two servings of fatty fish per week has long been known to help improve heart health by reducing risk for strokes and sudden cardiac events," says Julie Upton, MS, RD

The omega-3s likely promoted an anti-inflammatory response, and in return, helped the brain fight damage caused by aging, as well as toxins found in air pollution.

2. A boost in brain health.

Eating fish as part of a healthy lifestyle may also help increase the amount of grey matter in the brain—the stuff that's associated with better memory and cognition," Blatner states.

There is growing evidence to show that some people who experience depression may not have enough of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA," says Katherine Brooking, MS, RD

3. Fewer episodes of depression.

In countries where fish consumption is high, such as Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, rates of depression were extremely low,"

At the conclusion of the study, the men in the fish group reported better sleep quality, as well as better daily functioning.

4. Improved shut-eye

Mounting evidence tells that EPA and DHA are also important for improving sleep duration and quality of sleep,Upton says.It appears that omega-3s can impact melatonin release, which can enhance sleep

fish consumption may lower inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis disease activity," said lead investigator Dr. Sara Tedeschi in a press release.

5. Reduced joint inflammation

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