Want to eat healthier? Consider fish.
Seafood has more health benefits than you might think. It is one of the best additions you can make to your diet . Even the USDA in their newest guidelines recommend adding a serving of fish for everyone (men, women, old, young), and especially for kids and pregnant women twice a week or more.
So here are a few of the benefits: Seafood is a great source of vitamins and many other nutrients. Seafood contains vitamin D, which apparently many Americans are deficient in today. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, and more. It is a great source of essential amino acids such as tryptophan and a primary source for omega-3 fatty acids which are our most compatible source of fat, readily absorbed by our bodies, and essential to well being.
Seafood can reduce or even prevent depression. Folks who eat fish suffer about 20% less from depression than does the general population. This is due to the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, which contribute to both the production and absorption of serotonin—nature’s own antidepressant.
Seafood acts as an anti-inflammatory, again thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids, eating fish helps reduce inflammation in the body, joints, and organs.
Seafood reduces the risk of dementia. Increased consumption of fatty fish has been proven to decrease the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This may be reason enough to eat more fish!
Seafood protects the heart. Eating seafood at least twice a week reduces the risk of dying from heart disease by thirty-six whopping percent—36%!! It also improves triglyceride levels and helps lower cholesterol levels.
Seafood extends your life. Eating seafood just a couple of times a week reduces your risk of death from any health related cause by 17%. You will still die someday, but you will live a healthier life until that day arrives.
Seafood strengthens your immune system. Eating seafood boosts and strengthens your gut bacteria where 70% of the immune system is built and resides. Take care of your gut, trust your gut, and eat fish!
Seafood is essential for pregnant women and infants. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for early human development. Vision, brain growth, the nervous system, and our immune system all require omega-3 fatty acids for optimal development during and following pregnancy. During pregnancy eating seafood is beneficial for both mom and baby, and especially for baby’s brain development.
Seafood increases IQ. About 60% of the human brain is made up of fat. About half of that or 30% of the total brain is made up of omega-3 fatty acids. Benefits from eating seafood begin prior to birth and continue through childhood and adolescence into adulthood and old age. Children whose diet does not contain enough essential omega-3 fatty acids have measurably smaller brains and slower overall development.
Do yourself and your kids a big favor: EAT YOUR FISH!!
Want to know more? Read my book, Eating the Lord’s Way: A Step-by-Step Guide to Living the Word of Wisdom, by Karen Hopkins. Available on Amazon.