Next time, buy some fish

Senior citizens interested in improving their health and possibly protect against clogged arteries should turn to the animals who live under the sea.

A new study from Columbia University Medical Center contributes more evidence that adding fish to one's diet can significantly benefit their health.

Previous studies have found the omega-3 fatty acids found in certain fish can help in preventing mental illness, lower fat in the bloodstream and delay some disabilities associated with aging.

However, a new study has found a diet rich in those fish oils may also prevent the accumulation of fat in the aorta, the main artery leaving the heart.

Dr Richard J Deckelbaum, who led the study, conducted experiments with three separate populations of mice where each group was fed a different diet: a balanced one, another high in saturated fat, and a third high in omega-3 fatty acids.

It was found the diet containing omega-3 prevented LDL cholesterol (or bad cholesterol) from entering the arteries.

Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in tuna, sardines, salmon and other cold water fish.

Next time, buy some fish Those who don't like fish may want to turn to nutritional supplements to incorporate omega-3 in their diet.

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