Salmon is a heart-healthy fish and can play a key role in keeping your arteries free from plaque buildup. It is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids – docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) –that help increase HDL cholesterol levels, reduce triglyceride levels and decrease inflammation of the blood vessels and formation of blood clots in the arteries. These fatty acids can even lower blood pressure.
The American Heart Association recommends eating 2 to 3 servings of salmon each week. One serving of salmon equals 2 to 3 ounces. Opt for baked and grilled salmon dishes for overall cardiovascular health.