The benefits of omega 3
Daily consumption of 250 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) contributes to the normal functioning of the heart. The government recommends a healthy diet which should include at least two portions of fish a week, including one of oily fish.
That is because fish and shellfish are good sources of many vitamins and minerals. Oily fish – such as salmon – is particularly rich in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which may help to keep your heart healthy.
Most of us should have more fish in our diet, including more oily fish. However, there are maximum recommended amounts for oily fish, crab and some types of white fish. There is also additional advice for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and children and babies.
What are the benefits of omega 3?
Oily fish contains a special kind of fat, called long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.
Long-chain omega-3 may help prevent heart disease. It is also important for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding because it can help a baby’s nervous system to develop.
Oily fish are the richest source of long-chain omega-3. Some shellfish also contains long-chain omega-3, but not as much as oily fish. The main shellfish sources of long-chain omega-3 are mussels, oysters, squid and crab.
Have a look at our recipes, many of which are a natural source of omega 3, for ideas to help you eat more.