Mac Daddy!

The Food of the day is not Maccas. It’s the king of Omega 3s, it’s the Mac Daddy of anti-inflammation, brain health and cardiovascular health. Links for recipes at the end. Read On.


The slim torpedo-shaped fish is found in deep temperate and tropical waters. It is rich in essential oils, vitamins and minerals. Omega-3 fatty acids occur in very high quantities in this fish which makes it ideal for a low inflammatory diet. It contains vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K. Various minerals also occur richly in the fish. These include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and selenium. Trace minerals include zinc and copper. The fish also contains protein and the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10. The fish has several benefits to health.

Anti Inflammatory

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the amount of inflammation in the body.


Coenzyme Q10 helps to eliminate cancerous agents from afflicted cells. This improves cellular health. Antioxidants reduce the risk of some cancers.

Cardiovascular Health

Inclusion of oily fish in the diet improves the condition of the blood. This promotes better heart health. Essential fatty acids help to thin the blood. This improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. It prevents build-up of cholesterol in the blood and prevents constriction of arteries. Essential fatty acids reduce bad cholesterol levels yet maintain good cholesterol levels. They make blood vessels more elastic, which facilitates improved blood flow. Cleaner, thinner blood reduces the risk of heart attack and coronary heart disease. The rich calcium content in the fish also helps to normalize heartbeat and regulate blood pressure. To reduce the risk of heart disease, it is recommended that two servings of oily fish are included in the diet each week.

Brain and Nerve Health

Oily fish high in Omega-3s provide the body with essential fatty acids found in the brain and nervous system. It can help improve memory and mental performance as well as reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.


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