Do you eat fish regularly?
Generally speaking, all fish is good for you. They provide us with a high quality protein and important vitamins and minerals.
Fatty fish are even better for you.
Here in South Africa, fatty fish include salmon, East Coast Sole, Yellowtail, snoek, sardines and pilchards.
Fatty fish have a high amount of omega 3 fatty acids.
Omega 3s are vital to your brain and bodily functions. They also contain vitamin D which many people can be deficient in even though we live in a sunny country.
If you're looking to maintain a healthy heart, eating fish 1 - 2 times a week can lower your risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Omega 3 essential fatty acids are very important for growth and development, particularly of hte brain and eyes.
As we age cognitive function can decline. But eating fish helps to maintain grey matter and reduce the decline and deterioration of grey matter.
Grey matter is important for controlling memory and emotions.
Eating fish and using omega 3 supplements can be of benefit for depression.
Because the fatty acids help to feed and nourish the grey matter which as already mentioned is responsible for controlling emotions. I understand however, that there is much more to depression than simply eating fish to alleviate it.
Omega 3s and fish can help to reduce triglyceride levels and increase good cholesterol which is good for your heart health.
On the eye front, eating fish and omega 3s helps to protect your eyes against macular degeneration. This causes blurred vision or less sight.
They are so commom that we think it's normal not to sleep well. Eating fatty fish can lead to improved sleep because it is a good source of vitamin D which helps your body.
And eating it just once or twice a week has a lot of health benefits.
Don't limit yourself to thinking of eating it just for supper.
You can have fish with your lunches too.
Try adding it to your salads and roasted vegetables.
Or in the morning with scrambled eggs or avo.
Don't like fish but want the benefits?