Eating fish is key to supporting heart health, experts say

Fish may not be the first food people think of when they consider their favorites. However, research continues to suggest that when it comes to heart health and brain health, it may be their body's favorite foods.

The reason is that most varieties of fish contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients have been shown to have a range of health benefits, most importantly in the cardiovascular system. Short of taking nutritional supplements, eating more fish may be one of the best ways to get more of these beneficial nutrients.

"I think overall, fish does provide a beneficial package of nutrients, in particular the omega-3s, that could explain this lower risk," Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a Harvard University researcher, recently told Reuters Health. "A lot of the evidence comes together suggesting that about two to three servings per week is enough to get the benefit."

The American Heart Association makes the exact same recommendation. The group says two or more servings of fish per week is an excellent way to boost omega-3 levels and support heart health.