5 Reasons to Eat more Seafood
Fish is among some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Not only is it loaded with nutrients, but it is a rich source of protein and can easily be incorporated into many dishes. You may already know that seafood is good for you, but if you haven’t incorporated it into your diet yet, here are 5 completing reasons to do it now.
1. Seafood is a good source of vitamin D
Most people are aware that you can get vitamin D from sun exposure, but during the long winter months it can be hard to catch some rays. Vitamin D has many functions in the body, perhaps the most vital being regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function. Fortunately, seafood is one of the best food sources of vitamin D, namely salmon, sardines and tuna, so eating seafood regular can help maximize your overall intake of vitamin D.
2. Seafood is rich in omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to our health, and it is said that over 40% of Canadians do not consume adequate omega-3s. The consumption of Omega-3 can help support good eyesight, fight inflammation and can even help boost brain function. Although supplements are readily available, seafood remains one of the best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids available to us.
3. Seafood is a good source of protein
Protein is a vital macronutrient for the body; without a healthy source of protein the muscles in the body will begin breaking down and will not heal properly when damage occurs or after a strenuous workout. Seafood is an incredibly lean and natural source of protein, making it a great food for any health conscious individual. Plus, the more variety you can add the better, as different sources of protein will provide a variety of essential vitamins and minerals.
4. Seafood helps to improve sleep quality
When you are constantly on the go, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep. There are many essential nutrients that help to induce good sleep and support natural circadian rhythm including; tryptophan, vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium and vitamin D. Fortunately, these vital nutrients are commonly found in seafood so a healthy does of fish for dinner can help ensure you are getting some adequate shut-eye.
5. Seafood supports mental health
Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are two of the most essential nutrients for cognitive function and mental health. In fact, many people throughout the world live with a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is attributed to a lack of vitamin D in the winter due to limited sun exposure. As well, lower intakes of omega-3 fatty acids have been noted in those with depression and anxiety. Therefore, incorporating more seafood into your diet on a regular basis can help to combat this and support mental health.
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