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Most people want to live a long life under one condition — they’re healthy enough to enjoy it.
What fun is it to live until your 90s or longer, after all, if you’re too sick to do the things you love?
Quality of life trumps quantity — always.
So, when it comes to natural ways to boost your longevity, the only tips that are truly exciting are the ones that not only help you live longer but help you live better.
And, I’m happy to report, I have one of these age and disease-defying tips for you today. It’s a tip that will not only ensure that you’re living in the decades to come, but that you’re living your best life…
Eat your fatty fish.
Omega-3s make you disease-proof
Researchers from Tufts University recently compared the blood of healthy older adults and older adults with diseases. Let’s just say, there was a big difference…
People who made it to their later years without developing a disease had much higher levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids circulating in their blood.
The study, which included 2,622 adults, lasted from 1992 to 2015. Over those years, 89 percent of participants developed a disease. But 11 percent stayed healthy until the end. And the secret to their success was eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in seafood.
People with the most EPA in their blood were 24 percent less likely to develop a disease as they age than people with the least.
The omega-3 fatty acid docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) was also tied to healthier aging. When researchers divided study participants into five groups based on how much DPA was in their blood, the three groups with the most DPA had an 18-21 percent lower risk of developing a disease than the two groups with the least. And just like EPA, DPA is mostly found in seafood.
So, what does all this mean?
Seafood is a serious source of longevity and health. In fact, it may even be the most important food if you not only want to live longer but better.
The healthiest way to eat seafood
Clearly, seafood is one of the healthiest foods around. But it can also be unhealthy and muck up your body’s defenses if you make poor seafood selections.
Some seafood contains a lot of toxins, like antibiotics and heavy metals. So, you’ll want to avoid these fish, including:
- Farm-raised shrimp
- Farmed Atlantic salmon
- Orange roughy
If any of these are your favorite fish, don’t worry. There are plenty of other options that are just as tasty with less unpleasant additives. Some super healthy seafood selections include:
- Rainbow trout
- Wild Alaskan salmon
- Atlantic mackerel
- Freshwater coho salmon
- Wild-caught, Pacific sardines
Maybe you’re not a fan of fish and even these benefits aren’t enough to convince you to give it the old college try. Well, you won’t have to give up on living longer and healthier. There are plenty of omega-3 supplements on the market. Just be sure to do your homework when shopping for an omega-3 supplement (tips here!).
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Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood linked to healthy aging — MedicalXpress
Here’s How To Choose The Healthiest Seafood — Huffington Post
5 of the Healthiest Fish to Eat (and 5 to Avoid) — Eating Well