I still remember my first backpacking trip to Japan. I saved on everything – accomodation, transport by walking where ever I could, and I pretty much ate cheap bowls of ramen whenever I could. But there was one thing I could not thrift on, and that was a chance to eat delicious salmon steaks – cooked or sashimi, I just had to indulge. And indeed, seafood is definitely delicious. But did you know seafood is also nutrient-rich, serves as a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and helps to curb common diseases? So as you tuck into another plate of steamed fish over family gatherings, or chope the plate of salmon sashimi on a date, know that the seafood you’re consuming will yield many benefits!
Here are top 10 health benefits of eating seafood.
Seafood is known for being a natural source of vitamins and minerals such as B-complex vitamins, vitamin D and vitamin B. B-complex vitamins (vitamins such as B1, B3, biotin, B12, etc.) perform many different functions, influencing energy production, metabolism, concentration, and even enhancing beauty! Some types of fish, such as salmon, are rich in vitamin A, which helps protect vision and boost the immune and reproductive system’s capabilities. Another vitamin found in some seafood – often the fatty skin of salmon, tuna and others – is vitamin D, which promotes healthy bone growth, calcium absorption, and boosts immune system efficiency as well as cell growth.
2. Promotes heart health
As a weight loss food, seafood is the best food you can incorporate in your diet. Seafood is nutritious enough to be low in saturated fats and high in protein. At the same time, its greatest health benefit lies in its abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids. While several studies have been conducted on the benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids, they are most notably known for their benefits in heart health. In fact, they can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular events from occurring, such as arrhythmias, strokes, and heart attacks.
3. Good for your joints
When you reach your late twenties, your joints start to ache in unexplainable ways. One way to ease your aching joints is to eating seafood on a regular basis. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can ease tender joints and reduce morning stiffness in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis. Now you can go for that morning yoga stretch safely without pain!