Last week on the blog, I shared a recipe on how to make wild salmon with red pepper couli, and ever since then, I have been getting many questions about what are the health benefits of eating salmon.
Salmon is considered a superfood because it is one of the most nutritious types of fish, it offers many health benefits. And it is oftentimes praised for its high-protein content and omega-3 fatty acids. According to studies, increasing the dietary intake of fatty fish like salmon may decrease the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes as well as control cholesterol levels.
It’s rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which may lead to support a healthy heart
Oily fish like salmon have a type of polyunsaturated fat called fatty acids. Because the human body doesn’t produce them, eating salmon is extremely beneficial for maintaining a healthy heart. So much so that it can even help improve serum cholesterol, a sign of cardiovascular disease risk. This is done by lowering our triglyceride levels (fat that is carried in our blood) and in turn increasing our body’s “good” cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
It may be good for your brain health and cognitive processes
According to a study, the regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may also help reduce age-related brain loss and may improve memory. Some scientists even believe that it improves conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. It may also be linked to a lower risk of affective disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Polyunsaturated fatty acids may also be connected to reduced risk of psychoses, cognitive deficits, dementia, and hyperkinetic disorders, like ADHD.
A study done in The UK shows that children who were born to women who consumed at least 12 oz of fish per week while pregnant had higher IQs and better social, fine motor, and communication skills than those who did not eat fish.
Salmon may reduce inflammation
Oily fish has been linked to having anti-inflammatory benefits. It can particularly help manage symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
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