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Fish Health Benefits

How many time can a person eat seafood in a week, and what are its nutritional benefits?
(July 16, 2010)

Benefits Of Eating Fish: Sea foods like salmon, mackerel, herring, char, trout, and sardines are found to contain plenty of fats like omega 3 and also omega 6. These are particularly found to be the highest in their omega 3 content. Omega 3fats are important as they are essential for preventing obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and also certain types of cancers.  An adult should be eating one meal that contains about 150 grams of sea food like poached fish over a span of a week. A 16 year old should be eating the same quantity of sea food whereas a 3 year old should be eating about 30 grams of salmon, about 45 grams of poached fish, and maybe a snack of some 30 grams of tuna.

Fish Oil Health Benefits: Fish is found to be very good for a person’s heart and is also good as it easy on the waistline. Fish oil found in fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines is very useful for one’s brain development.

One can even consume these in the form of capsules. Pregnant women are even prescribed these supplements to ensure their baby’s proper brain development. Fish can be consumed in a variety of ways. One can try steaming the fish and serving it with a salad or stewed dishes. One can even fry the fish in olive oil and serve as part of the main cause. One should also consume seafood on a regular basis as it helps to ensure that one is eating a balanced diet by getting the adequate intake of nutrients and vitamins. Omega 3 fatty acids that are obtained from sea food help in lowering a person’s cholesterol levels. They also help in reducing a person’s risk of cardiac diseases and related conditions.

The main concern with consuming too much of sea food is that amount of mercury that is found in fish. These high mercury levels can cause further problems to individuals who consume the fish. Women who are pregnant and those who are planning to conceive have to monitor the level of fish that they are consuming keeping in mind the mercury levels that they may contain. Mercury levels are known to accumulate in bigger fish that feed on smaller fish. Even birds that eat fish are found to contain high levels of mercury. Some of the main symptoms of mercury poisoning and contamination include fatigue, hair loss, depression, headaches, and difficulty in concentrating. Large fish like shark and swordfish may contain higher levels of mercury contamination.
Submitted by S M on July 16, 2010 at 12:56


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