Salmon is a popular seafood item that is both rich in flavor and nutrients. As a versatile and healthy protein, salmon can be prepared many different ways and is a crowd favorite for foodies and health nuts alike. Salmon contains numerous benefits for the entire body that can be acquired from just two servings per week.
Reasons to incorporate more salmon into your diet:
1. High in Vitamin D:
One serving of salmon contains more than a day’s worth if vitamin D. A deficiency in vitamin D has been linked to chronic illness and everything from cancer to arthritis to heart disease. One quarter of Americans have low levels of Vitamin D and are encouraged to supplement or eat vitamin D rich salmon on a more regular basis.
2. Packed with Protein:
One serving of salmon (around 4 oz) has 26 grams of lean protein. Meals high in protein leave you feeling fuller longer and help curb cravings. When compared to red meat, salmon contains less saturated fat with the same amount of protein per serving. Also a great option for anyone looking for weight loss.
3. Contributes to Brain Health:
Omega-3 rich foods are proven to increase the efficiency of cognitive functions and overall brain health. Salmon also contains vitamin A, D, and selenium which, when combined, results in a better nervous system and helps to reduce age related damage to the brain. This combination also acts as an antidepressant and can treat diseases like Alzheimer’s and symptoms of Parkinson’s.
4. Heart Health:
The healthy fats and potassium found in salmon reduce inflammation throughout the body, decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and have an overall positive effect on keeping our hearts in tip top shape. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans and can be highly reduced by adding salmon into our diets.
5. Strong Bones:
It is no secret that vitamin D has been a staple in the American diet for strong an healthy bones. But, if milk isn’t your thing, salmon is a great alternate source! Eating for healthy bones reduces risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
Another benefit of foods high in omega-3 fatty acids is the link to many anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation in the body results in chronic pain, swollen joints, stiffness, and can lead to development of diseases like arthritis, depression, and cancer.
7. Hair, Skin, and Nails:
Along with the infamous omega-3’s, salmon also contains a healthy dose of biotin and protein which are the essential nutrients for healthier hair, skin, and nails. Salmon is considered to be a “beauty superfood” because of its amazing and natural benefits to hair, skin, and nails through diet alone.
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