Health Benefits of Salmon

Salmon is a species of fish which is found both in fresh water (rivers) and salty water (seas). The salmons lay their eggs near the mouth of the rivers; eggs hatch there, develop into fries and start their journey towards seas. They grow in the seas into adult salmons and again go back to the rivers to reproduce, where most of them die after laying eggs.

Salmon is a favorite ingredient in many sushi restaurant because of it unique yet mild flavor and it healthful benefits. Salmon contains a high level of vitamins A, B, C, D, E, niacin, potassium, zinc, iron, and calcium. Eating a serving of salmon is sometimes more beneficial than taking a multi-vitamin in pill form. Fresh salmon is cooked in many different ways, and it doesn’t dry out as easily as many other fish. It comes fresh, frozen, smoked, and canned.

Health Benefits of Salmon:

  • Salmon is a great source of lean protein than most types of red meat, chicken and pork. The protein in salmon contains all the essential amino acids, and is very digestible. A 4-oz. serving of salmon will provide you with nearly 30 gm of protein, more than half the daily recommended amount.
  • Canned salmon contains large amounts of calcium and vitamin D (because fish bones are not removed).
  • Salmon is an excellent source of selenium a mineral that help protect the body from damaging effects of free radicals, which can weaken the cells and leave them prone to infection and other diseases.
  • Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is beneficial in reducing inflammation in the body, preventing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some types of cancers, slowing cognitive problem such as Alzheimer’s disease
  • Salmon can help prevent macular degeneration, dryness, loss of vision and fatigue of eyes. Study shows that persons who eat fishes regularly have better vision.

“This post was originally published on May 21, 2012 @ 04:45”