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Thursday, 18 June 2015

How Fish Meals Can Promote Good Health: Enrich Your Heart, Deal with Cancer

Today it has become very necessary to watch what you eat because of the myriad of sicknesses and diseases that plague mankind. And going by the fact that cholesterol has become a clog as it were, in the wheel of progress of healthy living, scientists would also let us know that not all fatty foods are bad for you. Experts say not all forms of oil or fats are cholesterol forming; in fact, there are good fats and bad fats.

The truth is that some forms of fats actually fight off cholesterol (bad fats) while at the same time defending, healing, and nourishing the body. Typical among these is fish oil which you can easily obtain by consuming a great deal of fish and fish meals.

Fish - a healthy and safe animal protein, and source of Omega 3 fats

Fish is one of the best foods you can get to eat because of the numerous nutritional benefits it has to offer as well as the safety and assurance you get from consuming this important source of animal protein. Consuming fish or a fish diet is so healthy in that it contains apart from protein, a rich measure of good fats such as Omega 3 fatty acids; it has proven to deal with heart disease as well as elevate the health of your brain, etc experts say.

The Gains of Consuming Fish

If you form a habit of eating fish, medical health research has pointed out the following health benefits you will derive aside the fact that it is capable of warding off a good number of diseases and disorders:

Cardiovascular disease – If you eat fish every week it will certainly help you to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke; it does this by fighting off blood clots and any form of inflammations thereby improving blood vessel elasticity, reducing your blood pressure, depleting blood fats and giving you instead, good fats or cholesterol.

Eyes and Brain – Eating fish that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids improves the health of your brain tissue and the retina of your eyes.

Depression – A good fish diet on a regular basis helps to lower occurrences of depression; experts say that depression has a strong link to low levels of omega 3 fatty acids in the brain.

Good vision – Babies who are breastfed by mothers who eat fish have been seen to have better eyesight; this is most likely attributable to the omega 3 fatty acids transmitted to baby through mother’s breast milk.

Asthma prevention - Children who consume fish are also less likely to develop asthma.

Cancer prevention and care – Research has over the years proven that eating fish (that contains omega 3 fatty acids) helps to curtail the risk of many types of cancers by as much as 30 – 50 per cent, especially cancer of the mouth, colon, breast, oesophagus, prostate and ovary.

Fish - a source of healthy oil

Dementia – Dementia and Alzheimer's disease are hardly developed in the elderly who consume fish or seafood at least once in a week.

Diabetes – Eating fish also helps people with diabetes in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.

Inflammatory conditions - The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and autoimmune diseases may be well alleviated when you indulge in a regular habit of fish consumption. According to a
clinical nutritionist of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Jennifer Nelson, you are required to “Eat fish and other foods that contain omega-3 fats” in order to adequately prevent or deal with these conditions.

Prevent premature birth – If an expectant mother eats fish during pregnancy, research findings prove that it may help decrease the risk of giving birth to a premature baby.

There are however, various healthy ways to prepare and enjoy your fish; they include baking, poaching, grilling and steaming. Bottom line is - so many people especially Nigerians, do not get to benefit maximally from their fish meals because many of us are used to deep frying their fish, and this is unhealthy.

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