Fish Friday: Feed your Brain
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It's no secret that fish is a very healthy food. Many support the research showing that fish helps a wide range of body functions.
Fish also protects various elements of the body from the skin, to the brain and more. Some even considered a superfood.
Fish is packed with nutrients that most people lack: high-quality protein, iodine, & various vitamins & minerals.
Fatty species are very healthy. Fatty fish, including salmon, trout, sardines, tuna & mackerel, are high in fat-based nutrients that help the bodily function. These fish are easy to get and easy to prepare but as you may already know, its a bit more expensive at the cash register. Its also much better to purchase your fish fresh.
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Let's look at the brain and what fish does for that most important organ. Omega-3 fatty acids now come into play. When it comes to learning and memory, fish is awesome. This is especially true as we age. The brain then goes through certain changes.
For example, the white matter changes in our brains, which can affect the way our brains communicate information to the rest of our bodies.
There’s also a decrease in gray matter in our brains which is the part of your brain that controls processing and thinking. Fortunately, various diets and foods have been found to help slow down degeneration of the brain and decrease the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s.
This includes vitamin D, a fat-soluble nutrient that many people and kids lack. Fatty fish also boost omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial for optimal body and brain functions. Eating fish at least twice a week will help your body in meeting your Omega-3 requirements. With such frequency there is strong evidence that fish can help decrease degeneration of the brain and It may also help with memory decline in the elderly.”
Some eultures have fish in their diet daily while others have it less frequent. Experts suggest eating up to 12 ounces (two average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. For example, shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish are low-mercury fish. we love the ease of preparation and the availability of canned tuna but be advised. Albacore (“white”) tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna.
With that in mind, be sure to limit your intake of albacore tuna to once a week. Researchers note that for most individuals it's fine to eat fish every day. Eating fish is certainly better than to eat beef every day when it comes to ealthy eating so consider taking advantage of the benefits that come with serving fish over some other less beneficial meats.