Friday, March 28, 2014

The Amazing Benefits of Eating Fish

Eating healthy is very important today. With obesity and its respective health concerns a major problem eating food that’s good for you should be your primary goal. It should be your goal if you want to live a healthier and longer life.

Fish is probably one of the best foods out there that can offer a lot for your well-being. It has less health risks than pork and is as versatile as chicken. Yet, this meat from the sea (or rivers) doesn’t seem to have as much pizzazz as say pork, beef or chicken.

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That’s probably because fish has a ‘fishy’ smell to them. Well, there’s no denying that fact. It can also be slimy and oily – two things that would really make some lose their appetite even if they are hungry. Many also perceive it as hard to prepare and harder to cook.

If you catch and clean and do all those stuff first then it may look difficult. However, it is still easier than slaughtering your own pig and butchering it. Also, how hard is it to salt and then grill or fry fish? Not that difficult.

But it is in the health benefits that fish really stand out. It has a lot and probably not many people know about this. With its benefits people should really give fish a second look and include it as part of their daily food intake.

Heart – Fish rich in Omega-3 helps the heart by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Thus, you lower your risk of a heart attack and other such heart diseases.

Brain and eyes – The same Omega-3 that is very good to the heart is also good for your brain and eyes as well. Omega-3 helps keep brain tissues stay healthy. They also help the retina keep its focus so you don’t lose sight of what’s in front of you.

Dementia and depression – Omega-3 can also help people lower their chances of going into depressions. Studies show a link between the lack of Omega-3 in the brain and depression. This means that if you eat fish you lower your chances of getting into depression.

The same is true with dementia in older people. Since fish helps keep the brain healthy it helps prevents conditions such as this.

Rheumatoid arthritis – Eating fish helps to ease the symptoms of this medical condition by helping to reduce inflammation. Thus, you don’t have to suffer a lot from inflamed joints if you include fish in your daily diet.

Nutrients – Iodine, selenium, zinc, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin D are but some of the nutrients that our body gets from eating fish. We need these nutrients in order to run smoothly. It also helps protect our body from things such as cancer and problems with our kidneys and thyroid glands to name a few.

You can easily buy fish from your local supermarket or fish store. There are typically a variety of fish to choose from ranging from those caught in local waters to those coming from waters thousands of miles away.

As mentioned, cooking fish is not that difficult. You can grill it, fry it, steam it or bake it. It goes well with other foods and the less embellishment you add to it the better the flavor you will get.

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