Fish is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. That's because it's a great source of protein, micronutrients, and healthy fats -- all of which have numerous health benefits for your overall health. Few types of fish can contain higher levels of mercury, which can lead to serious health problems.
How are we celebrating Heart Month? With lots of seafood and avocados because they are both heart-healthy, packed with "good fats".
The American Heart Association recommends, “Keep saying yes to fish twice a week for heart health.”
Heart disease is up to 90% preventable with proper diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications. Fish and seafood are full of omega-3 fatty acids and are also rich in other nutrients such as vitamin D and selenium, high in protein, and low in saturated fat.
Seafood omega-3s EPA and DHA help reduce inflammation throughout the body that can damage your heart.
Eating seafood twice a week helps reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 36%.
Eating fish can reduce stress and distress for new parents.
Fish is like a multivitamin for your brain. Fish is more than just an excellent source of lean protein and essential omega-3s, it provides other vitamins and minerals important for mental health. The nutrients that tend to be low in people who are depressed – vitamin D, magnesium, and zinc – are found in fish.
Cultural eating patterns and diets rich in seafood, such as a Mediterranean Diet, are noted to reduce inflammation, one of the ways eating fish appears to reduce depression.
Anxiety and depression affect at least 6% of adults in the United States – or 1 in 17 - with twice as many women as men affected, and it occurs across all ages. People who regularly eat fish are 20% less likely than their peers to have depression.