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Eating sushi can lengthen lifespan

November 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Between high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in seaweed, sushi may be the secret to a longer life. Experts studying the Japanese diet found that many Japanese elders had high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in their blood.

Omega-3 fatty acids are linked to lowering blood pressure, removing blood clots and unclogging arteries.

The key is selecting sushi made from fish high in Omega-3, including mackerel, salmon and tuna.

People in Japan eat one to two types of these fish per day, while Americans eat it once or twice a week.

This difference could account for Japan having about half the heart disease rate of the United States.