Millions of people across the country have made resolutions to better their lives in 2016. Whether you’ve resolved to lose weight, get in shape, organize your closet, save money, spend more time fishing or whether you steer clear of resolutions altogether, eating more fish this year could have great benefits for your health! Fish is one of the healthiest foods in the world. Loaded with protein, eating fish can impact your body and your brain! Check out these great health benefits associated with eating more fish.
- Fish is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps your body and brain function and can help reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke and type-1 diabetes.
- Fish is full of quality protein, iodine, vitamins and minerals.
- “Fattier” fish include salmon, trout, sardines, tuna and mackerel, as they are higher in fat-based nutrients like Vitamin D, which many people are deficient in. A Vitamin D deficiency can cause bone pain, muscle weakness, poor sleep quality, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- Expectant and nursing mothers can provide the necessary Omega-3 fatty acids essential for the growth and development of their babies by eating more fish. For example, Omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) helps develop an infant’s brain and eyes.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial in fighting depression and bipolar disorder.
- Studies show that people who eat more fish have a slower rate of mental decline. Fish consumption is directly related to the amount of grey matter in the brain, which often deteriorates as a result of age. Fish may also fight against macular degeneration in older individuals.
- Fish consumption has been linked to a 24% lower risk of asthma in children.