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None of participants had a history of heart disease, and nine out of 10 said they ate fish at least once a month.
The results showed that compared with those who said they didnít eat fish, those who ate at least 10.5 ounces of fish per week had 33 percent lower C-reactive protein and 33 percent lower tumor necrosis factor-alpha (another indicator of inflammation) levels as well as much lower levels of other signs of inflammation. People who ate about 5 to 10 ounces of fish per week also had lower levels of inflammation in bloodstream.
"We revealed that not only fish portion, but also amount of omega-3 fatty acids seems to play a role in reduction of inflammatory markers levels,Ē says researcher Antonis Zampelas, PhD, of Harokopio University in Athens, in release.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least twice a week. Fatty fish high in omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon.
This article is not meant to treat or diagnose disease. Research from, The American College of Cardiology (ACC) provides these new reports of clinical studies published in Journal of American College of Cardiology as a service to physicians, media, public, and other interested parties. However, statements or opinions expressed in these reports do not represent official policy of ACC unless stated so. SOURCES: Zampelas, A. Journal of American College of Cardiology, July 5, 2005; vol 46: pp 121-124. News release, American College of Cardiology. American Heart Association.
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