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HEALTHY CORNER: Eat more fish

The advantages of eating fish include its ability to successfully treat the heart diseases, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, low immunity, diabetes, eye disorders and ulcers. It is also known to protect people against deadly diseases like AIDS and Cancer. The omega 3 fatty acids present in fish reduce the risk of different types of cancers by 30 to 50 percent. Fish oil supplements have also helped patients suffering from hyperlipidemia.

Fish is a low fat and rich protein that is also filled with essential vitamins including Vitamin B2 (or Riboflavin) and Vitamin D. While Vitamin B2 aids the body in the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids and carbohydrates, Vitamin D aids in calcium absorption to help prevent osteoporosis.

Interestingly, while mentioning multiple advantages of eating fish, it becomes important to state that fish is a single source of every important nutrient required for a healthy well being. With regular intake of fish in diet, you can reduce your dependence on artificial mineral supplements. Fish is a natural source of minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, iodine and magnesium. It may be mentioned here that potassium is an essential requirement for muscles, nerves and fluid balance in the body.

Pregnant women too can reap the advantages of eating fish. The omega 3 acids of fish oil help in proper development of brain in the foetus. Among other advantages of eating fish, we may mention the fact that it lowers the possibility of premature delivery by the pregnant woman. It also reduces the chance of a low weight in infants.

Obese people trying to
lose weight can also benefit from regular consumption of fish. Yes, regular intake of fish reduces weight which is counted as one of the important advantages of eating fish.

This is why the flavor of delicious sea food can be enjoyed without any pangs of guilt. The low saturated content of fish makes it the best protein substitute for fatty cuts of beef and pork. The fact that is a natural weight loss food is one of the most important advantages of eating fish that often goes unnoticed.

Without a doubt, the various advantages of eating fish and the myriad ways in which it can be cooked for every age group, make it a perfect choice for any meal. It can also be taken as a snack in form of healthy sandwiches, fillets or fish fingers. As a matter of fact even fussy children can reap the advantages of eating fish with a judicious use of this ingredient as a healthy filling for burgers or topping for pizzas.

Eating properly cooked fish can certainly go a long way in giving you a  healthier, stronger and resistant body and mind. So may be the next time you plan a good weekend meal, think of the different advantages of eating fish and prepare a feast that will be relished by all family members. 

 Regular consumption of fish can reduce the risk of various diseases and disorders. Selected research findings indicate the following:

Asthma - children who eat fish may be less likely to develop asthma
Brain and eyes - fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids can contribute to the health of brain tissue and the retina (the light sensitive tissue lining the inner surface
of the eye).
Cancer - the omega 3 fatty acids in fish may reduce the risk of many types of cancers by 30 to 50 per cent, especially of the oral cavity, oesophagus, colon, breast, ovary and prostate.
Cardiovascular disease - eating fish every week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing blood clots and inflammation, improving blood vessel elasticity, lowering blood pressure, lowering blood fats and boosting 'good' cholesterol
Dementia - elderly people who eat fish or seafood at least once a week may have a lower risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
Depression - people who regularly eat fish have a lower incidence of depression (depression is linked to low levels of omega 3 fatty acids in the brain).
Diabetes - fish may help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels.
Eyesight - breastfed babies of mothers who eat fish have better eyesight, perhaps due to the omega 3 fatty acids transmitted in breast milk.
Inflammatory conditions - regular fish consumption may relieve the symptoms
of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and autoimmune disease.
Prematurity - eating fish during pregnancy may help reduce the risk of delivering a premature baby.

So I say Eat More Fish and Ditch the meat