Oily fish is an important source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids play an essential role in various processes within the body.
As the body is unable to produce these omega-3 fatty acids itself, you need to make sure you get enough through your diet.
Examples of omega-3 fatty acids include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These can mainly be found in oily fish, such as mackerel, salmon, eel, trout and herring, as well as in crustaceans and shellfish. Foodstuffs are sometimes also enriched with EPA and DHA, e.g. some types of margarine, bread, eggs and meats. Another omega-3 fatty acid is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is primarily found in plant products, such as nuts, oil and linseed.
Fish and your health
There are a number of health effects associated with the consumption of fish.
iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether eating fish may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health.
In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.