We all know about the wonderful omega-3 benefits of salmon. But there’s more to salmon than omega-3. Consider these unique benefits:
- Protein and amino acid content. Studies show salmon contains small bioactive protein molecules that support joints, insulin effectiveness, and inflammation control in the digestive tract.
- One bioactive protein molecule, calcitonin (sCT), has been shown to assist regulation and maintenance of collagen, and mineral balance in bone and surrounding tissue.
- Wild-caught Alaskan salmon is the salmon of choice, as it has the lowest amounts of contamination, and the most health benefits.
As it pertains to omega-3, salmon is particularly beneficial in the following areas:
1. Cardiovascular health.
Intake of salmon is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular problems, including: heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, hypertension, and high triglycerides in the blood
2. Improved mood and cognition.
Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon has been found to help improve thinking, decrease various brain-related problems, reduce risk of depression, teenage hostility, and cognitive decline of the elderly.
3. Joint protection.
Omega-3 fat derivatives, prostaglandins,thromboxanes, and resolvins are able to help prevent excessive and unwanted inflammation. It combines omega-3 anti-inflammatory benefits with anti-inflammatory benefits related to protein.
4. Eye health.
Omega-3 intake and consumption of omega-3 fish has been found to reduce the risk and problems related to both macular degeneration and chronic dry eye. Two fish servings per week reduces risk of macular degeneration, while slightly higher amounts of omega-3 fish reduce risk of chronic dry eye.
5. Decreased cancer risk.
Colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer respond to an improved intake of fish rich in omega-3 fat. Cancer risk studies show measurable benefits when omega-3 fish are consumed at least once per week.
Salmon is sold in a variety of ways. Purchase fresh salmon in steaks or fillets. Salmon is also available frozen, canned, dried or smoked. Again look for the healthiest type: Alaskan wild-caught variety. The best way to cook salmon is the “quick-broil” method.
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