If you know me, you know that I love to eat. With all my fitness classes, running and just being a busy wife/mom I am always looking for the next best meal. One of my favorite things to eat, as well as, prepare is salmon. Salmon is a great power food and it's not only tasty it is very beneficial for your overall health.
The omega-3's found in salmon are not only great for your hair and skin, omega-3's can help prevent certain cancers and help improve cardiovascular health. Check out some of the benefits below for yourself.
Research on fish intake and joint protection has shown that the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon can be converted by the body into three types of compounds that prevent chronic inflammation.
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) has proven to be the most important fat found in the brain, and the substantial content of this omega-3 fatty acid in salmon. Salmon intake is associated with decreased chances of depression, hostility in some studies of teenagers, and decreased cognitive decline in older people.
Salmon contains particularly high levels of vitamin D and selenium, which is also associated with prevention of certain types of cancer, including colorectal cancer. Vitamin D has been shown to play a crucial role in lowering the risk of several types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer.
The omega-3 fats found in salmon have been demonstrated to be effective in combating both macular degeneration and chronic dry eye. In the case of macular degeneration, two servings of salmon per week is enough to significantly decrease risk.
Consumption of omega-3-containing salmon is also linked with improved metabolic markers for cardiovascular disease. Intake of salmon has been connected to a decreased risk of numerous cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack, stroke, heart arrhythmia and high blood pressure.
Skin and Hair Health
The omega-3s found in salmon lock moisture into skin cells, encouraging the production of strong collagen and elastin fibers, which contribute to more youthful looking skin. Omega-3s have also been known to alleviate skin blemishes and maintain a good luster of the hair.
Looking for a great meal to prepare for your family and friends that easy, as well as fun to eat! Check out this amazing salmon recipe from my friend Krystal E. Yon, Director of Wellness for Food, Fun and Happiness at KEY Culinary Consulting.