Regular fish consumption has several health benefits associated with it, including reduced risk of heart disease and various cancers. The health benefits of fish continue to be studied, much of the prevailing evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have favorable effects on our health.
The health benefits of eating fish include:
- Weight loss
Fish helps you cut down on your calories, making it a perfect complement to your weight loss plan. Mayo Clinic experts note that fish has high-quality protein but with lower amounts of saturated fat, total fat and fewer calories than a similar-sized portion of meat.
- Heart health
The American Heart Association encourages people to eat two or more meals of fish per week. Several studies have revealed that eating fish reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by lowering blood pressure, lowering bad cholesterol levels, reducing blood clots and inflammation, and improving blood vessel elasticity.
- Good source of potassium
rease in muscular strength is often due to lack of minerals in the diet. Fish is a good source of potassium, a mineral known to boost muscular strength that helps protect against diabetes, obesity, and kidney disease.
- Food for the brain
Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid – DHA) can contribute to the health of brain tissue. Studies have shown that elderly people who eat fish at least once a week may have a lower risk of developing dementia. Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids have also been linked to a lower incidence of depression.
- Healthy baby
Mothers who consume fish during pregnancy have a lower risk of preterm delivery or low birth weight. The DHA in found in fish has been proven to boost the infant’s brain and eye development.
Warning: Be aware that several types of fish are considered unsafe for pregnant women. According to the US Food and Drug Administration’s advisory, there is a concern that swordfish, shark, king mackerel, tuna and tilefish are considered unsafe because they may contain high amounts of methylmercury – an industrial contaminant which has the potential to cause nervous system damage to the developing fetus.
Read the guidelines in buying fish from the Environmental Defense Fund, follow this link: What You Need to Know in Buying Fish.
Health and Love,