Health Benefits of eating fish

salmonSeafood & Good Health

In the UK we have come to understand the benefits of fish and seafood as part of a balanced diet. Scientific studies have confirmed that seafood is a great source of protein and is naturally low in fat. In addition, research has shown a range of health benefits that come with eating seafood because of the essential fats, minerals and vitamins found in some fish and shellfish.

Omega 3 fats are good for you

Scientific research continues to suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish come with overwhelming health benefits, ranging from reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia, to enhancing mood and brain development in young children. Also known as Essential Fatty Acids, Omega-3s play a vital role in cell development and growth. Since our bodies cannot create these essential fatty acids, we must obtain them from our diet.

Prevent Heart Disease

A Danish study of 49,000 women found that women who consumed little or no fish had 50 percent more heart ailments than those who ate fish at least once per week. Not only that, scientists found that women who hardly ever ate fish had a three-time higher risk of disease than those who ate it often. Other research has found that eating fish high in omega-3s can cut blood fat levels; this can play a role in lowering heart-disease risk.

Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Eating fish as little as once a week can help protect grey-matter neurons — the part of the brain linked to memory and cognition. Studies found that people who eat baked or grilled — but not fried — fish had larger brains and larger cells in the areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Scientists believe this larger brain volume can help lower the risk of cognitive decline and ultimately Alzheimer’s disease.

Improve Skin and Hair

platter of smoked fish and fresh shellfishOne of the biggest problems to a low-fat diet is you often rob your skin and hair of the healthy fat it needs, leaving it dull and dry. The omega-3s in fish are exactly the type of healthy fat to eat to keep your skin looking nourished and your hair shiny. Research has also linked fish and omega-3 consumption to treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Dose of Vitamin D

Saltwater fish is a sun-less source of vitamin D, which scientists say can help ward off disease, promote bone health, and with the help of the omega-3s in fish, ward off cognitive decline. Just one three-ounce serving of salmon contains 75 percent of your daily recommended amount of the vitamin.