Several health and nutrition resources recommend a regular intake of omega-3-rich foods and natural nutritional supplements for older individuals to help them maintain cognitive and cardiovascular health as they age.
However, a new study conducted at the Center for Fetal Programming at the Statens Serum Institut in Denmark suggests that the benefits of eating fish on a regular basis can result in markedly better heart health in individuals in their 30s, when compared to counterparts who ate diets low in the seafood.
The trial was the first population-based research conducted on women of childbearing age to determine the benefits of a diet high in fish.
"The biggest challenge in getting health messages like this across to younger populations is that usually the benefits may not be evident for 30 or 40 years, but our study shows this is not the case," said lead researcher Marin Strom, Ph.D.
Authors of the study said that women who reported rarely or never eating fish were 50 percent more likely to experience a heart problem over the eight-year trial period when compared to those who said they ate fish on a regular basis. Moreover, when stacked against women who ate fish weekly, the low-consumption group had a 90 percent higher risk of cardiovascular issues.