Copper River Salmon: Nutrition Nugget #3

May 27, 2012

EPA and DHA, the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, have a wide range of health benefits:

  • Heart Health:  EPA and DHA can help lower triglycerides (fat in your blood) and reduce the risk of heart attack and abnormal heart rhythms.  They can also slow plaque buildup in your arteries, slightly reduce blood pressure, and help prevent blood clots from forming.
  • Reduce Inflammation:   Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and may lower the risk for some chronic disease, like heart disease, some cancers, and arthritis.
  • Brain and Vision Health:  DHA is highly concentrated in the brain and retina, where it is necessary for vision, nerve impulse transmission, and protection of brain cells.  EPA and DHA are also critically important in the diets of pregnant women for proper fetal brain and eye development.