Last August I wrote about the value of taking fish oil capsules. In one study, men who survived a heart attack and who took 1 gram (or 1,000 mg) of fish oil per day were 53 percent less likely to die of sudden death than survivors who were given a placebo. Now another study of more than 43,000 men, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, indicates that eating 3 to 5 ounces of fish — any fish — just one to three times a month may be enough to reduce your chances of having a stroke by 43 percent. Eating more fish did reduce the risk any further, suggesting that a small amount works just as well as a larger one when it comes to stroke prevention.
An earlier study among women, also reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found a similar reduction in the risk of stroke (although this study did find a higher reduction for those who ate more fish, up to four times per week). The upshot of both studies is clear: eat fish. The more you eat the more you may benefit. At the very least make a point of eating fish about once a week. I prefer fish that is high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines. But the recent study among men showed a similar result regardless of what fish the men were eating, including shellfish.
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