Health benefits of Salmon

It is recommended to eat at least two portions of fish per week. including a portion of oily fish. Salmon being an oily fish, it is an excellent choice to include in your diet.

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All fish and shellfish are rich in nutrients and salmon is no exception. If omega-3 is the one that gets the most attention, it’s not the only benefit you can have by eating salmon regularly.

Cardiovascular health

The omega-3 fatty acids contained in salmon helps reduce the cholesterol and maintain flexibility of arteries, veins and strengthen cardiac muscles. Salmon also contains essential amino acids which can help repair cardiovascular tissue damage as well as reducing blood pressure. All in all, salmon is excellent to reduce risks of heart attacks.

Healthy brain function

The omega-3 fatty acids contained in salmon can help increase the efficiency of brain functions, memory and keep the brain active for long hours. These fatty acids, along with the amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin D and selenium, can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Vitamins, proteins and minerals

Proteins are essential components of our muscles, cells, tissues, enzymes etc. The proteins from salmon and other fish are easily digestible and easily absorbed by the body.

Salmon is also rich in essential minerals such as iron, calcium, selenium and phosphorus, as well as vitamins like A.B and D.

Good eye health

The omega-3 and amino acids can help prevent macular degeneration, dryness, loss of vision and fatigue of the eyes.

Other benefits

The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon can also help reduce inflammation of the arteries and digestive system, hence reducing the risks of colon, prostate and kidney cancer. Salmon is also great at improving skin texture and health of hair and nails.