Why should I eat more salmon? Salmon has taken the crown 👑 for top favorite fish, and it’s no secret why; it’s bursting with beneficial nutrients.
While meat may contain about the same amount of protein as salmon, the other nutrients and vitamins salmon offers, leaves meat in its wake.
It’s also considered to be one of the best choices for a low level of mercury. So eating salmon at least once a week should be celebrated!
We’re going to break down the benefits of a 6-ounce filet of salmon and share our newest salmon recipe that is sure to wet your whistle. You’ll spend minimal time preparing and cooking, so win, win, win!
Anti-inflammatory has been a buzz word among health professionals for years now. According to Harvard Medical School, chronic inflammation plays an important role in the development of many diseases including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease and many forms of cancer. The fact that three out of five people around the world die from a disease linked to inflammation raises serious red flags.
Omega-3s EPA and DHA
Salmon is high in Omega-3s EPA and DHA and helps to reduce chronic inflammation throughout the body and maintain healthy blood vessels. The Arthritis Foundation recommends consuming 2-3 servings of salmon, tuna, sardines, herring, anchovies, scallops or other cold-water fish a week, to reduce swelling and pain.
Tomatoes, olive oils, green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, collards), nuts like almonds and walnuts, fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges and green tea are other foods also associated with anti-inflammatory properties.
|Vitamin/Nutrient||Purpose||6 oz Salmon|
|B1||Enables the body to use carbohydrates as energy and plays a key role in nerve, muscle, and heart function.||0.6mg |
|B12||Required for the function and development of many parts of the body, including the brain, nerves, and blood cells.||2.4 mcg (100% DV)|
|Vitamin D||Boosts your immune system, regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in your body, strengthens the blood vessels around your retina, supports your heart and helps limit joint pain.||894 IU (149% DV)|
|Magnesium||Aids in converting food into energy, regulates neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout your brain and nervous system.||46 mg |
|Potassium||Regulates the heartbeat, kidneys and other organs. Ensures proper function of muscles and nerves, and necessary for synthesizing protein and metabolizing carbohydrates.||618 mg |
|Selenium||Acts as a powerful antioxidant, reduce DNA damage and oxidative stress, boosts your immune system, lowers your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease||80 mcg (145% DV)|
So now that you’re on board with all the benefits of salmon, let’s get cooking.