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Regularly eating fish lengthens life span: study


15:07, April 03, 2013

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BEIJING, April 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Regularly eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids can extend your life span, a new study revealed as quoted by media reports Tuesday.

Fish provides omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for brain development as well as reduce inflammation of the brain, cardiovascular system and other cells, according to the study.

It is the first study to check for levels of fish consumption and link them with death rates.

The research carried out by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington, examined 16 years' worth of health records involving 2,700 healthy American adults.

It found that people with the highest blood levels of the fatty acids lived on average 2.2 years longer than those with the lowest levels.

The American Heart Association recommended eating fish at least twice a week, including 140g of oily fish.

The human body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids and the best dietary source is oily fish, according to dailymail.

Types of fish that contain high levels of fatty acids include tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, and anchovies.

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