SNP MEP Alyn Smith has said that greater awareness of the benefits of OMEGA 3, the nutrient prevalent in fish, could improve the nation’s general health whilst taking part in a test of his own OMEGA 3 levels.
Speaking from the Congress at Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Alyn said:
“The health benefits of OMEGA 3 are proven to counteract a number of ailments which plight Scottish society, such as heart disease and other disorders such as ADHD.
“I like to think of myself as a health conscious person and hope that when I get the test results back in a couple weeks they’ll show I have an adequate amount of OMEGA 3. However, I’ll definitely be paying closer attention to what nutrients make up my diet.
“Our nation’s health is continuing to improve but, in certain areas, we do still fall short of where a progressive European nation should be. We must do all we can to continue to improve and, if that involves eating more fish, then I’m sure we can all bite that bullet. I’m sure our fishing industry would be just as happy as our GPs.”
Professor Gordon Bell of the University of Stirling’s Aquaculture Institute said:
“Omega 3 has widely acknowledged benefits for people with cardiovascular disease and diseases with an inflammatory origin i.e. rheumatoid arthritis. Omega 3 may also help those with neural disorders including autism and ADHD.
“The highest levels of Omega 3 are in fish. Most people have about 25% Omega 3 in their blood but more than 50% is the ideal level.
“Prior to 2006, there was no laboratory in the UK to carry out rapid testing of blood spot samples for Omega 3 – all blood for testing was taken directly from the vein in a procedure which had to be carried out by medical practitioners. The Institute of Aquaculture developed the Omega Blood Count™ test at Stirling and now receives spot blood samples for testing from the UK, USA and around the globe.”
The World Fisheries Congress take place every four years and is being held in Edinburgh from 8th – 11th May.
The Congress is organised by the World Council of Fisheries Societies, which is a non-profit, nongovernmental organisation that currently includes 12 scientific and professional fisheries societies and affiliated organisations world-wide. The main aim of the Council is to promote international cooperation in fisheries science, conservation and management by encouraging and promoting sustainable management practices, excellence in fisheries research and the wise use of fishery resources.
The University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture is one of the world’s oldest and leads in Aquaculture research, whilst also being the largest in the United Kingdom. More at http://www.stir.ac.uk/ioa/
A YouTube video of Alyn at the conference can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSSR-deI9Wk