Fish For Your Health
Rich in quality protein and a good source of important nutrients, fish is part of your healthy life.
Let’s hear it for fish! Fish is a delicious part of a healthy diet. Make it part of your plate, along with plenty of fruits and veggies and whole grains. Read on to discover some of the health benefits that fish offers.
Fish is a healthy source of quality protein, which your body needs to build and repair muscles, skin, tissues, hair and teeth—just about every part of your body! Protein also helps to develop enzymes and hormones your body needs.1
Fantastic Omega-3 Fats
Fish like salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, Arctic char, sardines and anchovies contain two kinds of healthy omega-3 fats called EPA and DHA. Omega-3s may help lower your risk of heart disease, and ongoing research is looking at their role in possibly lowering the risk of depression, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. In young children, omega-3 fats help build the developing brain, nerves and eyes.2 Research suggests that farmed salmon tend to have higher levels of omega-3 fats compared to wild salmon, depending on their diet.3 Salmon is also naturally low in saturated fat.
Vitamins and Minerals
Fish is a good source of important vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin D, which helps maintain healthy bones and teeth and keeps your immune system functioning well.4 Fish like salmon are a source of selenium, which contributes to normal thyroid function and helps protect cells, as well as a source of iodine, a nutrient that helps keep your skin healthy and your immune system to keep working well.5 Another beneficial nutrient found in fish and seafood, such as oysters, shrimp, scallops and crab, is iron. Your body uses iron to keep cells working properly and carry oxygen to your whole body.6
Trying new recipes is a great way to include more fish in your diet and reap all the nutritious benefits.
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Wondering About Mercury?
To minimize any potential mercury intake, experts recommend choosing fish higher in omega-3 fats more often. Consider salmon, herring, rainbow trout, clams, mussels and oysters.7