Low-fat fish provides a quality replacement for fatty meats. The protein in fish supplies your body with necessary building blocks that help your physical and mental health. Fish also contains plenty of vitamins and minerals. Riboflavin and vitamins B2 and D help transport calcium into the bones. Health-boosting minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, and selenium.
Reap the heart-health and disease-fighting benefits of these scaly creatures. Click through the slideshow to learn more about the health benefits of fish.
All About Omega-3s
Perhaps the most important advantage of eating fish comes from the omega-3 fatty acids in both finfish and shellfish. According to the Cleveland Clinic, omega-3s help protect against heart disease and may help lower your blood pressure. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Types of fish that contain the most omega-3s include:
Omega-3s may also help increase your lifespan, research shows. According to MedlinePlus, a study of over 2,600 older adults found that those who had the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids lived on average more than two years longer than those with lower levels of omega-3s.
Study participants with the highest omega-3 levels reduced their risk of dying from any cause up to 27 percent compared with those who had lower levels.
Studies have shown a link between eating fish and cardiovascular health. The Mayo Clinic described a study of more than 84,000 postmenopausal women who consumed five or more servings of baked or broiled fish a week. The study found that the women had a 30 percent lowered risk of heart failure.
However, it also discovered that eating just a single serving of fried fish per week led to a nearly 50 percent greater risk of heart failure.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, Eskimos have a diet high in fish with omega-3 fatty acids and have low incidence of heart disease. Their high fish consumption may account for high levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol, despite their consumption of high-fat and high-cholesterol foods.
So take a tip from the Eskimos and eat more fish! A diet rich in the omega-3 fatty acids present in fish can help you stay heart-healthy and live longer.