Fish are some of the healthiest foods on the planet. This is because they are chock full of healthy nutrients that a lot of people don’t get enough of.
They are very rich in protein, iodine and Vitamin D among other vitamins and minerals. They are also the best source of Omega-3 fatty acid for great body and brain function.
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The human body can’t make significant amounts of these essential nutrients, therefore fish are an important. They are also low in Omega-6 fatty acids, which are the “bad” fats present in red meat.
There are three types of fish: Oily(fatty), White and Shell. The White variety have less fat that the fatty types, but the latter are the healthiest as they are high in essential fatty acids.
Fish consumption has been linked to the reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
Omega-3 has also been linked with improved growth and development of the brain, nerves and eyes in fetus and babies. But some fish also have high level of mercury in them such as shark, marlin or swordfish and tuna, so care should be taken on the type of fish consumed as mercury can stunt the development of the brain.
It can reduce the risk macular degeneration, which is responsible for vision impairment and blindness.
Eating fish has been linked to reduction in the risk of auto immune diseases and diabetes, reduces depression and halts mental decline in older people (such as Alzheimer)
It also helps maintain healthy heart as it is essential in regulation of blood clotting and vessel constriction.
It can also alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by reducing the inflammation of the tissues.
Fish has always been known to be an healthier option to red meat, even though in this part of the world, eating meat seems to be the “classier” option. When next you are at a restaurant, don’t be shy to ask for some.