• Antonio Capurso
  • Gaetano Crepaldi
  • Cristiano Capurso
Part of the Practical Issues in Geriatrics book series (PIG)


In Mediterranean diet fish has always had a primary role as an important source of animal protein. Fish provides a variety of nutrients, including protein and long-chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω3, n-3 PUFAs), as well as micronutrients including selenium, iodine, potassium, vitamin D, and B-vitamins. Intakes of some of these micronutrients, including iodine and vitamin D, are frequently low in some population groups, which makes fish a valuable contributor to intakes of these components. It is recommended that two portions of fish a week should be consumed, one of which should be oily. This is because it is thought that long-chain n-3 PUFAs present in oil-rich fish and fish oil are associated with beneficial health outcomes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Capurso
    • 1
  • Gaetano Crepaldi
    • 2
  • Cristiano Capurso
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineSchool of Medicine, University of BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical ScienceCNR Neuroscience InstitutePadovaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Medical and Surgical SciencesSchool of Medicine, University of FoggiaFoggiaItaly

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