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Ask the doctor: Fish for heart health: Proceed with caution

October 16, 2014

Q. Can you tell me the best type of fish to eat for heart health?

A. There's strong scientific evidence that eating several fish meals per week reduces your risk of heart disease. Fish contains lean protein (less unhealthy saturated fat than red meat) and heart-healthy omega-3 fats. One of the most important benefits of omega-3 fats is that they quiet inflammation—which, in turn, reduces the risk from artery-clogging plaques of atherosclerosis. While it still is uncertain whether fish oil supplements bring heart benefits, there is little doubt that regular meals of fish do. To my knowledge, no type of fish is more heart-healthy than any other.

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