Health Benefits of Eating Fish
Extensive studies have identified and highlighted the health benefits of eating fish for many years now and bnot many have argued against this. However, even with so much evidence backing up a whole host of claims, we are still not eating enough of it in our diet.
This is a problem, but perhaps the problem is that people are not being educated about it in the correct way? If this is indeed the case, then it makes sense to look at different individual types of fish and the health benefits they offer to allow people to decide if they should include this in their diet.
If we begin by looking at salmon, which is pretty much regarded as being something akin to a super food due to the health benefits that are associated with it. Indeed, this fish is regarded as being a nutritional masterpiece that is so crammed full of goodness it really is a ‘must include’ in our diet at least once a week.
For example, salmon is a wonderful source of protein as well as being high in vitamins that are good for our health, but perhaps the main reason why people turn to salmon is because of one thing; the levels of Omega-3.
Omega-3 has been identified as being a major contributor to keeping our brain healthy as well as our heart and keeping those joints lubricated. It may also contribute to reducing our chances of developing heart disease, arthritis, and there is even some research that indicates it could lower the risk of developing certain cancers.
Even though this Omega-3 is so vital, our body cannot produce it on its own, so it needs to obtain it from our diet and with salmon being so high in it you can see why people recommend eating it on a regular basis.
Trout is perhaps not as popular in general as salmon but that in itself is a shame when you get to know how much it can really benefit our health.
A typical fillet will contain in the region of 19g of protein and 5g of fat but do not worry as it is healthy fat as it too contains Omega-3. You will also find that it can provide you with 89% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin B12, while it also contains some vitamin B6 and Niacin which are also wonderful for your health.
With trout, you can look forward to reducing your risk of a heart attack and also lowering the bad cholesterol in your system. This is a major health benefit because it will also reduce the chances of you having a stroke later on in your life. It is also known that eating trout can boost your immune system and, as a result, you will find that you get less flus and colds.
Mackerel is another oily fish that has been studied extensively and the key is the fact that it has those same high levels of Omega-3 as you will find in salmon. It is also sky high in protein and studies have shown how it can benefit your health in a number of interesting ways.
Obviously, because of the Omega-3, it is going to help to keep your heart healthy and also deal with your blood pressure and reduce the chances of you having a stroke at any point.
However, this fish has also been linked to reducing the risk of developing diabetes later on in life. It can do this as it helps your body to regulate blood sugar levels and this is due to the healthy fats that are contained within the fish.
Of course, due to the fact that it contains Omega-3, it does mean that your cognitive function is also going to be improved and it has also been shown to help to regulate our moods and some studies indicate that it could be a contributing factor to reducing the chances of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
It is perhaps fair to say that anchovies are not the most popular of food, and that is a real shame as there are undoubted massive health benefits of including this in your diet.
This fish is high in areas such as protein, vitamins, and minerals and in actual fact it is packed full of certain key minerals that our body needs in order to be healthy.
For example, anchovies are high in calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. It is also high in vitamins A, E, K, as well as B6 and B12, so when you put all of this together you can see how it is actually a food source that your body needs.
With anchovies, they are regarded as being good for your health due to the fact that they will help your heart as well as reduce levels of toxins in your body. They have also been linked to reducing the chances of you developing osteoporosis later on in life and improving the quality of your skin.
This is all thanks to the levels of vitamins that are contained within anchovies and that is a good enough reason to include it in your diet. A future super food possibly.
Cod is packed full of vitamins and minerals that should form an integral part of our diet and in particular it contains high levels of vitamins B3, B6 and B12 which are basically connected to helping us to produce energy. However, it is also high in vitamin D and a lot of people are short of this vitamin which is essential for our health. It does also contain Omega-3, but in lower quantities than other fish.
When it comes to your health, then we have already mentioned the part about helping with energy levels, and this fish is also going to help to strengthen your heart, reducing the risk of heart disease, as well as preventing you from developing high blood pressure. This, in turn, helps to reduce the chances of a stroke at any point in your life, so as you can see it does play a more important role in your health than you were perhaps aware.
Oh one more thing with cod: leave the batter off!
There can be no doubt in your mind that fish should play a key role in your diet as the health benefits are clear for all to see. Try to eat it three times a week and you will be amazed at the difference that it can make in a relatively short period of time.