October is National Seafood Month. Seafood that is sustainabily caught has major health benefits. Most seafood is rich in nutrients, proteins, minerals and healthy fats the body needs. October is also one of the best months for seafood, with the bounty of the ocean at it’s peak this time of the year. If you’re still not convinced on a seafood diet, here’s some major health benefits of eating food from the sea:
1. Fish is high in nutrients American’s don’t get enough of. Most Americans don’t get enough fat-soluble vitamin D, which functions like a steroid in the body. Fatty fishes like salmon, sardines, tuna and trout all have an abundance of this important, and overlooked vitamin.
2. Seafood is great for heart health. Heart disease is the American health crisis no one is talking about. But eating more seafood will help improve your heart health. The essential fatty acids that are found in seafood help prevent heart disease because it reduces the fat content of your blood. Most studies have shown that those who eat seafood have better heart health than those who don’t.
3. Eating seafood eases pain in your joints. If you suffer from arthritis a diet rich in seafood may be the answer to easing your pain! Omega-3 fatty acids can ease your tender joints, and reduce your morning stiffness. According to a study from the American Journal of Clinic Nutrition, those with rheumatoid arthritis who increased their intake of Omega-3 experienced reduced inflammation.
4. A seafood diet boosts your brain power. Omega-3 rich foods help develop the brain. Some studies have shown that a seafood diet can also ease the symptoms of ADHD. So seafood is a great dinner for children to help them with their schoolwork. Seafood may also improve the amount of grey matter in the brain, helping you avoid Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Seafood helps fight depression. Eating fish has been linked to overcoming depression. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown in studies to boost anti-depressant medication. Omega-3 studies have shown that women who have a diet higher in Omega-3 fatty acids significantly reduced the risk of postpartum depression.
6. Seafood is great for nursing moms. Aside from helping new mom’s mental conditions, seafood can benefit the baby as well. Because seafood is great for development of the brain and other areas, nursing mothers are advised to eat more fish. It’s important to note for new moms: Some fish is high in mercury, so it’s best to eat fish lower on the food chain, like salmon, sardines and trout. You also shouldn’t eat more than 12 ounces per week, and avoid uncooked or raw fish.