Perhaps you grew up with your mother nagging you to take your fish-oils every morning. “Take your fish oils! It will make you smarter!” was a common phrase that I grew up listening to. Fish in general has always been considered “the brain food” and studies are now showing that our mothers may have actually been correct!
Omega-3 fatty acids are the main nutrients found in fish. These fatty acids are important for keeping your brain functioning at its best. Studies have shown that the two omega-3 fats, APA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are very important factors for brain development.
EPA and DHA are also beneficial for healthy eyes. Researchers believe that as you get older your eyes begin to worsen mainly because of an insufficient supply of omega-3 fatty acids in the retinas. These are very important fats because your body does not produce them naturally and must receive them from external sources.
If you are not a fan of seafood or just don’t like fish in general (I have a friend who is literally terrified of fish and refuses to eat it), than fish oils would be your best option. If you love fish (like I do) you’ll be happy to check this list off when you’re shopping for fish.
- White fish
All fishes listed above are high sources of omega-3 fatty acids that should be part of your weekly diet. Unfortunately shellfish have a significantly lower amount of omega-3 fatty acids (dammit!) But that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy them!
One thing to consider: Cod liver fish-oil has become widely popular in the past years. Cod is a cold-water fish but unlike other fish it stores majority of the omega-3 in its liver as opposed to its flesh. Many doctors would advise against regular of cod liver oil since too much could potentially cause an over dose of vitamins A, D and E.