"Top Fish for Omega-3 Fatty Acids" from VeryWell.com

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Want to learn which fish are the best to eat to get your Omega-3s? Check out this article from VeryWell.com

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Your Health

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain and nervous system function, plus they're good for your heart because they decrease the risk of arrhythmias, lower triglyceride levels and blood pressure, and they help keep plaque from clogging your arteries.

The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish every week. Fish are some of the richest sources of two forms of omega-3 fatty acids called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). DHA and EPA just happen to be the types of omega-3 fatty acids your body needs.

The form made by plants, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is a little different from EPA and DHA. Although your body converts ALA to DHA or EPA as needed, fish are probably still the best source of omega-3s.

But not all fish are created equal -- some have more omega-3s than others. The following eight fish are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Plus I've found a few tips and healthy recipes for each one.

1. Herring

Herring is often pickled and served as an appetizer or the small fish can be cooked on the grill, oven or stovetop. Herring is also a great source of protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, niacin, vitamin B-12 and selenium.

2. Salmon

Salmon steaks and fillets can be baked, grilled, sauteed, or poached. Or you can keep a can of salmon on hand to make salmon salads or sandwiches. Salmon is also high in protein, magnesium, potassium, niacin, vitamin B-12, and vitamin A.

3. Mackerel

Mackerel is often smoked or canned, but fresh mackerel fillets can also be grilled or baked. Besides the omega-3 fatty acids, mackerel is high in vitamin B-12, niacin, selenium, magnesium, iron and potassium, plus a fair amount of protein.

4. Sardines

Sardines are small oily fish that you'll typically find in cans. They're often served with crackers as an appetizer. Fresh sardines may be available and can be grilled, baked or smoked. Sardines are also high in vitamin D, niacin and calcium.

5. Anchovies

Anchovies are often found on pizza or Caesar salads, and you'll find them in cans when you go grocery shopping. Fresh anchovies can be grilled or used in recipes that call for sardines. Anchovies are also high in protein, calcium, potassium, selenium, vitamin B-12 and niacin.

6. Halibut

Halibut is a good fish for people who don't like the strong flavor of most oily ocean fish -- it's a mild white fish that's still high in omega-3 fatty acids. Halibut is also an excellent source of protein, potassium, and niacin.

7. Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout is another mild white fish, so it's good for people who don't like salmon or tuna. Besides being high in omega-3 fatty acids, rainbow trout is also a good source of protein, calcium, magnesium, and niacin.

8. Tuna

Tuna is typically served as fillets or steaks, and it can be grilled, baked, or broiled. You'll also find canned tuna in your local grocery store. Tuna is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, magnesium potassium, vitamin B-12 and niacin.

Written by: Shereen Lehman, MS - Reviewed by a board-certified physician.

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