Seafood provides whole body health benefits

Seafood provides whole body health benefits
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The USDA recently increased its daily seafood intake recommendation from 3.5-oz. to 8- to 12-oz., or two servings per week.

Fish is a great source of marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Both of these beneficial nutrients—as well as a number of other nutrients found in seafood—are considered essential to human health. They provide the nutrients our bodies need but can’t produce.

  • Your heart needs fish because the marine omega-3 fatty acids help the blood flow through the veins and arteries, helping to prevent cardiac infarction. Read more about fish and the heart.
  • Your brain needs fish because the marine omega-3 fatty acids aid brain cell connection. Better brain cell connection helps to avoid depression and improves learning capabilities. Read more about fish and the brain.
  • Your skeleton needs fish because vitamin D helps to maintain and strengthen bones. Read more about fish and the skeleton.
  • Pregnant women should eat more fish because the marine omega-3 fatty acids are important building blocks for the brains of both mother and child. Read more about fish and pregnancy.
  • Seafood is better than vitamins because the effect of the marine omega-3 fatty acids are strengthened when combined with the other important nutritional content found in seafood. Read more about fish and vitamins.
  • Increasing your seafood intake improves your immune system and metabolism, while at the same time reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes. Read more about the other health effects of fish.
     
  • It’s good for healthy skin and hair. Several studies indicate that your skin likes seafood because it helps the skin cell walls to retain moisture. Read more about seafood and the skin.