The "catch of the day" could keep you alive after a heart attack

Whether you're throwing a line from a boat or just picking a fresh catch from the local seafood shack, there's something about summer that just makes you crave FISH.

Spending time on sandy beaches and by the shore during these warm months seems to make options like salmon, haddock, and mackerel all the more appetizing.

But these fishes make more than just a yummy dish -- they're also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which we know can help prevent rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer.

And a new study shows why you should enjoy foods rich in omega-3s all year 'round: It can cut your risk of dying from a heart attack by 10 percent!

Researchers from around the world banded together to form a consortium to analyze omega-3 levels with the incidence of heart disease over time. They reviewed 19 studies from 13 countries with a total of a whopping 45,000-plus participants.

And guess what they found? If you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you won't be surprised by it.

Regardless of age, race, gender, diabetes status, or current medications, those who had higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids had a lower chance of DYING from heart attack.

The study analyzed blood and tissue samples for all subjects and found that those who had a diet rich in plant- and fish-based omega-3s had less risk of a heart attack to begin with, and significantly less risk of dying from a heart attack.

Of the folks in the study, roughly 10,000 experienced a heart attack during the study period and nearly 3,000 perished.

A diet rich in fatty fish like salmon, sardines, trout, anchovies, and herring is not only rich in these omega-3s -- they're also high in vitamin D, protein, selenium, and lots more.

While you're at the store to pick up some fish, keep in mind that current farming practices have exposed these fish to more chemicals and reduced some of the omega-3 content -- so buy "wild caught," if it's available.

One serving of fish a week (around 3.5 oz or three-quarters of a cup) can be enough to get you all the life-saving protection you need. But if you feel like putting a little extra salmon on your plate, go ahead.

If seafood is just a little too "fishy" for you, nuts like pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts are also a rich source of omega-3s -- and they make a nutritious snack if you're feeling hungry between meals.

If you're also allergic or sensitive to nuts, try omega-3 supplements, which are easy to find at the drug store, supermarket, or health food store.

The secret to surviving a heart attack? Eating plenty of salmon, pecans and vegetable oils 'lowers chances of dying'

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