Fish is packed with important nutrients which are incredibly important for our body and brain, making it among the healthiest foods on the planet. With 30 years of experience in the fishing industry, Azzopardi Fisheries share 5 of the many health benefits of eating fish:
1. Fish is high in essential nutrients
Generally speaking, all types of fish are healthy – they are high in many nutrients including high-quality protein, iodine and various vitamins and minerals that most people are deficient in. However, fatty types of fish such as salmon, trout and tuna are considered the healthiest as these fatty acids are crucial for optimal functioning of the body and brain.
2. Fish may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes
Eating at least one serving of fish per week has been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes, two of the world’s biggest killers and causes of premature death. Research shows that fish is among the best foods you can eat for a healthy heart, with fatty types of fish being even more beneficial due to their high amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
3. Fish contains nutrients that are crucial during development
Omega-3 fatty acids are absolutely essential for growth, particularly for development of the brain and eyes. It is recommended that expecting and nursing mothers eat enough omega-3s while staying away from fish that is high in mercury.
4. Fish may protect the brain from age-related deterioration
Grey matter is the major functional tissue in the brain responsible for controlling memory and regulating emotion, and studies show that people who eat fish on a regular basis have more grey matter in these brain centres. Therefore, regular fish consumption is linked to reduced decline in brain function in old age, which is a common part of the ageing process.
5. Fish is the only good dietary source of Vitamin D
Fatty fish and fish products are by far the best source of vitamin D; an important nutrient that promotes bone growth, which over 40% of people may be deficient in. Of all the fish, salmon is the one that contains the highest amount of vitamin D, with a 113-gram serving of it containing around 100% of the recommended intake.
So if you’d like to reap these 5 health benefits and more, make sure you’re incorporating fish into your diet! Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay have the widest range of fresh fish and seafood in Malta.