Health Benefits of Seafood
Your mom was right. Eating fish does make you smarter. Scientific studies have shown that eating seafood can raise IQ levels, improve fetal intellectual development, and slow cognitive decline in the elderly. Much of this is credited to omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in abundance in most seafood, but particularly in wild salmon, fish roe, sardines, anchovies, herring and oysters.
You’ll also be healthier and happier if you eat seafood. Health benefits include lower blood pressure, thereby reducing the risks of heart attacks and strokes. It also decreases your chances of developing arthritis and high cholesterol, and may aid in warding off depression, dementia and diabetes. And there’s more. Seafood is dense with vitamins and minerals: tuna has lots of the antioxidant selenium, which helps prevent cancer and heart disease, oysters provide more zinc, a mineral that supports your immune system, than any other food.
Crab and other crustaceans are also omega-3 heavy hitters and they are full of anti-oxidants and packs lots of protein. Seafood is low in calories, saturated fats, and high in virtually everything that is good for you. In fact, the US government now recommends that everyone, that means you, (and children, pregnant and nursing women, the elderly, athletes, that’s right, everyone) eat a variety of seafood twice a week. So what’s for dinner?
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