You may have heard just about everyone saying that fish is good for you, but do you know why?
When it comes to a long healthy life, fish provides essential nutrients. Fish is quick to cook, packed with protein (which is essential for strong muscles as we age) and a brilliant source of valuable vitamins and minerals. Fish provides potassium which balances the fluid levels in our cells, zinc which can protect from prostate cancer, iron to protect from anaemia, bone strengthening calcium from the small bones in canned salmon, Vitamin D and B Vitamins which keep our nerve tissue and red blood cells healthy.
Fish is very low in, the unwanted, saturated fat. The fat in fish is mostly unsaturated fat, essentially polyunsaturated fat. Polyunsaturated fat needs to be included in our diets, because it provides essential fatty acids that our bodies cannot make. Polyunsaturated fat also keeps overall cholesterol levels low.
The polyunsaturated fat found in fish is called omega-3. Omega-3 is simply a type of fat that is good for you and the ultimate anti-ageing nutrient. These fats keep our brains sharp by contributing to the structure of our brain and the nerve tissues involved.
Omega-3 fats are essential for good eye health, and have been shown to reduce the risk of eye related health issues such as glaucoma. Omega-3 fats have also been associated with preventing strokes by lowering blood pressure and fat levels in blood (triglycerides), and reducing side affects of inflammation related illnesses such as arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
To get the health benefits from eating fish it is recommended to eat oily fish twice a week. The most beneficial fish to eat are Atlantic Salmon, canned sardines, swordfish, barramundi, canned salmon and rainbow trout.
So, what are you having for dinner tonight?? Enjoy!