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Eating Seafood Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

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We hope everybody is having a great summer so far! Cooking this time of year can be a challenge because nobody wants the heavy, rich foods that they typically eat during the Ohio winters. So, for a low-calorie option that is rich in nutrients, seafood is the way to go.

Our kitchen always has a great fish feature on the dinner menu, from swordfish and Chilean sea bass, to a delicious Fresh Seafood Pomodoro. Aside from being delicious (which it absolutely is), we like to feature seafood this time of year because it’s light and has so many health benefits.

 

Lots of Essential Nutrients

This depends on what type of seafood you’re eating. But generally speaking, seafood is loaded with essential nutrients. Swordfish is loaded with Vitamin D, while different types of bass have Vitamins B-6, B-12, and plenty of selenium. Getting your daily value of nutrients is important for producing antioxidants, as well as boosting energy, metabolism, concentration, and healthy bone growth.

Then there’s everybody’s favorite: salmon; a great source of Vitamin A, which promotes good vision and boosts your immune and reproductive system’s capabilities.

 

Great for Heart and Joint Health

Seafood has an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, including arrhythmias, strokes, and heart attacks. They’re also proven to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, and can help ease tender joints and reduce morning stiffness.

A regular intake of omega-3s can also reduce one’s risk of developing Macular Disease (MD), which is the leading cause of vision loss. MD affects more than 10 million Americans, which is more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.

 

…And Your Skin and How You Feel

Omega-3s are also a huge benefit for your skin, because they help protect your skin against harmful UV rays. Eating seafood also helps preserve your skin’s moisture, and some findings suggest that fish oil can help reduce the prevalence of acne.

 

Increase Brainpower and Fight Depression

Omega-3s include docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which help promote proper brain growth, intelligence, and cognitive performance in infants and children. Researchers speculate that a sufficient intake of these elements in children may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Research also shows that eating more seafood can help decrease the risk of depression and has the potential to treat depression.