Health Benefits of Eating Seafood

Salmon_sashimiFish consumption in many countries, is unfortunately very often confined to special occasions like for example the Christmas period. The fish are very beneficial to our health because they are a good source of iodine, which is essential for thyroid hormone production, and thus the normal development of the brain, especially in the period of intrauterine fetal development and the first year of life.

More severe iodine deficiency in fetal and infant development may cause damage to the central nervous system and cause significant lifelong disability of mental abilities. Milder degrees of iodine deficiency have a negative impact as well. For teenagers and adults iodine deficiency may result in Thyroid enlargement, increased tiredness, as well as disorders of sexual development, reproductive disorders and a higher abortion rate among women.The necessary dose of iodine for the body should be ensured by two meals of seafood a week.

Fish is also a source of high quality protein, but far more interesting is the composition of their fat. Fish oil, like other fats, is composed of fatty acids and contains a high percentage of so-called Omega-3 fatty acids, especially eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid.

These two best-known fatty acids of saltwater fish and other seafood are of paramount importance for human health. For this reason, the fattier fish, especially fattier sea fish, are the best choice for us.

It has been demonstrated that consumption of marine fish rich in Omega-3 fats significantly reduces the development of coronary heart disease. There are talks about about cardio-protective effects. However, we should not omit the freshwater fish as well. To prepare the fish the best way you possibly can, you have to use the best quality filleting knives.