The disadvantages of not eating fish and smoking are the same, experts say
CANADA: Medical experts have used a beautiful example to show that if one turns away from greasy fish, the harm will be the same as smoking.
Explaining this, experts said that fish contains a valuable compound like omega-3 which is beneficial for the heart and brain but its deficiency reduces the average life expectancy even more than smoking.
Experts believe that smokers reduce their average lifespan by four years due to bad habits, but turning away from omega-3 rich fish like salmon and mackerel can reduce the average lifespan by five years. That is, a lack of omega-3s in the body can be more dangerous than smoking.
Dr. Michael McBurney, a scientist at the University of Guelph in Canada, says that the body measures omega-3s with an index. Its best form is four to eight percent and less than that is called omega-3 deficiency.
Omega 3 keeps the blood clean, thin and smooth. This way blood pressure and heart disease do not occur and a person lives a long healthy life. If a 65-year-old smokes, his life span is reduced by four years, while not eating omega-3s and fish at that age makes the difference reach five years.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was commissioned with the help of the Framingham Study, a large-scale survey that is still ongoing. The thousands of people involved in this study have been studied for a long time. Their gender, age, smoking, eating habits and exercise trends have also been looked at.
Research has shown that omega-3 deficiencies lead to premature death and that eating fish increases life expectancy.