The farming of fish is an ancient practice and over the years, not only has fishing changed with the times, so has cooking and preparing the food, with frying, smoking, baking, poaching, BBQ’ing and more making sea food like salmon one of the most versatile dishes on the menu, as well as being one of the tastiest.
Not just easy and delicious, there are many health benefits of salmon, some of which might even surprise you. Let’s take a closer look…
Health Benefits of Salmon
Oily fish is all over the media right now and there’s a very good reason for that – it’s really good for your health, primarily brain health. Your brain is made up of sixty percent fatty acids so the more of these fatty acids you consume, the healthier your brain will be. The brain has a favourite, one particular fatty acid that nourishes it more than the others, and that is DHA or docosahexaenoic acid. We can’t make this acid within our own bodies but salmon and other types of oily fish such as tuna, are DHA-rich, giving you just one more reason other than taste why you should be eating more of it.
Children brought up with salmon (DHA) rich diets are said to have greater learning abilities than those who did not consume the fatty acids on a regular basis. In fact, a diet lacking in DHA can actually lead to learning deficits.
As well as being really good for your brain, DHA and other fatty acids found in salmon are also good for your overall health, improving your joints, improving the function of your heart, and in some studies has even shown to reduce the risks and symptoms of heart disease and other related cardiovascular conditions.
In short, salmon is very good for both your brain and your heart.
Moving aside from the omega-3 and other fatty acid content, you should be eating more salmon because there are a whole host of other vitamins and minerals, all of which have been shown to be beneficial to your health. If you were to bought a four-ounce piece of wild salmon, you would find the following nutrients:
236% of your RDA (recommended daily allowance) of vitamin B12, important for proper functioning of the nervous system, brain, and even red blood cells forming.
127% of your RDA of vitamin D, essential for the body to be able to absorb calcium and ensure health bones and teeth as well as other parts of the body. Reports have suggested that over 7.6million young children across the United States had a diet lacking in vitamin D, and almost 25% of all American adults are also suffering with a vitamin D deficiency.
78% of your RDA of selenium, a powerful nutrient with cancer-busting, antioxidant properties.
56% of your RDA of vitamin B3, also known as niacin, important for overall good health and heart health.
53% of your RDA of protein, the building blocks of your body, responsible also for rejuvenation and repair of damaged cells.
14% of your RDA of potassium, important for kidney health and normalizing your blood pressure amongst other things.
There are a few more to add to the list also – biotin, vitamin B5, choline, vitamin B6, phosphorous, iodine, and more.
The combination of nutrients you’ll find in salmon give you plentiful reasons why you should be eating more of the oily fish, offering neurological and brain repair, improving the memory and focus on both adults and children but particularly children, decreasing your chances of suffering with many of the most dangerous cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease and strokes, and even helping to fight back against cancer with a number of powerful antioxidants.