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For centuries those who consumed a high diet of cold water fatty fish have been known to live longer and maintain a higher grade of physical and emotional wellbeing.

Looking for an accessible way to enhance not only internal but external health? You may not need to look much further than your local grocery markets. Fish is noted as one of the longest standing health boosters known to mankind. For centuries those who consumed a high diet of cold water fatty fish have been known to live longer and maintain a higher grade of physical and emotional wellbeing. This is mostly due to the high percentage of omega-3 fatty acids found in this popular superfood.

A few of the most respected types of fish loaded with omega-3 fatty acids are wild Alaskan salmon, rainbow trout, and mackerel. But like most studies, any type of fish consumption is better than none at all. If you’re feeling brave, try working sardines into your diet, they are packed with a whopping 61 percent of omega-3’s. If traditional consumption of this food group is not your style, the best alternative would be to supplement fish oil into your everyday diet.

Cosmetic benefits include healthier glowing skin, shiny hair and weight control. Omega-3 reduces inflammation throughout the body, which promotes clearer looking skin and it equally acts as a natural moisturizer for those plagued by dry and dull skin. These aids are medically proven to be the results of the two main acids found in omega-3, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The best kept secret to shiny luscious hair can also be attributed to elements found in omega-3. This ingredient hydrates new hair follicles, which lead not only to shiny hair but to new and stronger stranded locks. Many people with hair growth issues supplement omega-3 into their existing beauty regime. The most common beautifying known benefit of fish consumption is that it is a low calorie protein builder.

New and exciting medical advances have shared insightful powers omega-3 fatty acids have on medical health before and during illness. This notable brain food is no longer just used for dietary intake.  According to Tel Aviv University Prof. Pierre Singer of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, fish oil supplements have been seen to alleviate a level of pain and healing for bedsores and wounds common to those of critical illness. An increased boost in immune system health and anti-inflammatory effects were witnessed among those in the study. Prof. Singer saw, “a modification in the expression of a group of molecules associated with directing leukocytes, or white blood cells, in the direction of the wound, which could explain the improved healing.” Another new development has been found in the discarded skin of tilapia. One word, collagen. Science writer Becky Crew endorses the study of fish skin use that contains “around 70 percent collagen … and is closer in form and structure to human skin.” Tests have been observed that highly promote the positive use of fish skin for recovery of skin cells. Widely known, heart health is the most common and directly quoted health benefit of fish. Omega-3 has been known to actively lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting and irregular heartbeats, among others. Feeling the winter blues coming on? Multiple studies with adults have suggested that regular fish consumption may also help treat mild to moderate depression. Maybe all we need is a spoonful of fish oil?

As always, please consult with your doctor before adding new supplements and/or starting any new health/diet regimen.