Life-Enhancing Reasons to Eat Fish
Fish is a packed with quality protein. It is also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as D and B2 (riboflavin). It is also, a rich source of calcium and phosphorus. Important minerals, such as zinc, iron, iodine, magnesium, and potassium are present to nourish the body. According to the American Heart Association eating fish at least two times per week as part of a healthy diet is recommended
If you don’t eat non vegetarian products or have trouble including fish into your diet you can get your daily recommended amount of fatty acids through omega-3 fish oil supplements.
Fish is not just responsible for lowering the fat percentage hence decreasing the waist line or boost heart-health, here are seven more ways adding a dose of fish to your diet can improve your health.
Prevent Heart Disease:
Women who ate little to no fish had 50 percent more heart problems than those who ate fish at least once per week – according to the study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Other research has found that eating fish high in omega-3s can decrease blood fat levels, which can contribute to a lower heart-disease risk.
Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk:
Interestingly, many studies have shown that people who eat more fish have slower rates of cognitive decline. Eating fish as little as once a week can help preserve gray-matter neurons — the part of the brain linked to memory and cognition-according to the study presented at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting. Researchers found that people who eat baked or broiled — but not fried — fish had larger brains and larger cells in the areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning.
Improve Skin and Hair:
With increase in trend of low fat diet, one of the biggest drawbacks came up is that, with low-fat diet you often deprive 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 hair shiny. Few researches have linked omega-3 to treatment of psoriasis as well.
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, can prevent surges in stress hormones and protect you from suffering from heart disease and depression. For a steady supply of feel-good omega-3, include fatty fish, flax seeds and oils (flaxseed, canola, mustard or soybean) in your diet.
Boost Brain Development:
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for growth and development. The omega-3 fatty (DHA) is especially important, because it helps in the developing brain and eye. Some studies have even found that omega-3 consumption can help soothe symptoms of ADHD. Experts recommend, that parents ask their doctor before introducing supplements to a child’s diet.
Dose of Vitamin D:
Vitamin D has received a lot of mainstream attention in recent years. Fish and fish products are the best dietary sources of vitamin D, by far. Fatty fish like salmon and herring contain the highest amounts 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.
A recent study on men, found that those who ate more fresh fish — along with balanced diet had stronger swimmers than those who ate unhealthy diets. Researchers say that more study needs to be done, but initial data shows that the participants who takes good diet, produces the stronger; the shape and mobility of the sperm.
In metabolic balance program, each and every nutrient takes an important place in the plan. We believe that body can only function the way you want it to if you provide all the nutrients in the recommended amounts. So, omega-3 which plays such a significant role in our diet is also taken care of. In the initial stage of the plan, body first revives itself with good nutrition and then you can feel the difference.
metabolic balance® Coach & Nutritionist, AktivOrthoTM