Researchers have discovered the type of fish that lowers cholesterol – thanks to four “magic” compounds.

Researchers have discovered the type of fish that lowers cholesterol – thanks to four “magic” compounds.

  • Salmon contains unique compounds linked to lower cholesterol
  • Eating salmon provides at least 30 health-promoting metabolites
  • Read more: Do you want to live to be 100 years old? Try to eat this one meal every day

Nutritionists have long recommended including salmon in your meals, because studies show that people who eat a lot of it are more likely to be thin and disease-free.

But the question of what exactly is in salmon that provides health benefits has remained largely unanswered — until now.

Researchers from the University of Colorado believe they have identified at least four compounds in fish that they say can reduce the “bad” type of cholesterol.

It is a fatty substance that accumulates in blood vessels and damages them, which greatly increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

A study showed that salmon contains unique compounds linked to lower cholesterol

A study showed that salmon contains unique compounds linked to lower cholesterol

Their new study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, showed that by eating salmon you can take in at least 30 metabolites – substances that are produced during digestion or other chemical processes.

Four of these metabolites are associated with significant improvements in cardiovascular health.

In the study, researchers asked 41 participants between the ages of 30 and 69 to follow a Mediterranean diet that included a combination of fish, low-fat meat, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

They then assessed the health of their cardiovascular system through blood work and other tests. Tests were performed before and after the diet.

The diet includes two servings of salmon per week for two five-week periods, with a month’s break in between.

The participants were obese or overweight but none of them had any active metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes.

Samples of food provided to participants were also analyzed in the laboratory to identify their metabolites.

The researchers found a total of 1,518 compounds in the food, but only 508 were found to be specific to salmon.

If researchers find a compound in salmon but not in any other foods, they classify it as a compound specific to the salmon diet.

They found increases in two salmon-specific compounds and two metabolites long known to reduce cholesterol and are associated with a healthier cardiovascular system.

Many of these substances were fats, providing further evidence of the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish.

What’s more, they found that those with high levels of these substances in their blood had greater volume A decrease in total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, and lipoprotein B, an indicator of heart disease.

“We are the first to identify salmon-specific bioactive compounds that increase in plasma after eating a ‘Mediterranean diet’ with approximately 4-8 ounces (one or two steaks) of salmon per week,” the researchers wrote.

“Furthermore, many of these food-specific compounds have been associated with short-term improvement in markers of cardiovascular health.”

There are several different types of salmon – five types of Pacific salmon and two types of Atlantic salmon.

Wild-caught Pacific salmon is generally the healthiest. In wild salmon, the amount and type of omega-3 present depends on the algae and plankton in the fish’s diet.

In farmed salmon, it depends on the type of feed they eat.

The Mediterranean diet consists of plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and olive oil.

A great deal of research has ranked the Mediterranean diet as the gold standard diet.

A study published last year found that switching to a Mediterranean diet from the standard Western diet could help you live longer, and the earlier you start, the better.

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