Eating Omega-3 Rich Seafood Might Help Slow Progression of the Coronavirus

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By: Roger O’Brien, President and CEO, Santa Monica Seafood

The American Heart Association has always said  that fish oil is an excellent dietary source of Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA and EPA.  Sources of DHA and EPA are fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout and albacore tuna, and shellfish such as mussels, oysters and crab.

Our bodies need Omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA for numerous basic functions from muscle activity to cell growth, for fighting inflammation, to improving brain and heart health and for boosting bone density.

Now the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency is expected to soon begin clinical trials to use a formulation of fish oil ingredients as a treatment for the Coronavirus.  Additional approvals for such trials are underway in the U.S. Spain, Italy and Israel.

The UK trials will have pills containing the fish oil formulation given to patients that have contracted Coronavirus, with the aim of minimizing symptoms to reduce the risk of complications from the virus progressing to more serious outcomes and to minimize the need for artificial ventilation and intensive care.

Just to be clear, the fish oil is not meant to be a cure nor provide immunity against the Coronavirus.  But, the heart healthy Omega-3 benefits are anticipated to impede the progression of the Coronavirus towards more serious care issues.

And, as we’ve always known – the best source of Omega-3’s for your diet is heart healthy, fresh, delicious seafood.  So, this is just one more reason to stock up on some fresh fish today.