Some weeks I’m really good at getting my two portions of fish each week then there are other weeks where I don’t have any at all. I’m really trying to find a happy medium and make sure that I manage to get my weekly quota because not only are we massive fans in our house, it’s also extremely delicious and great for your health too.
Typically, not many people know about the amazing impact that including fish in your diet can have on your health and wellbeing. Of course, the most popular known fact about fish is its high omega-3 content, but what does this actually mean and how does it benefit our body?
Helps to Keep Your Heart Healthy
Fish is considered to be one of the best foods to help prevent heart attacks and strokes, which can lead to early deaths. Fattier fish like salmon and mackerel contain the highest levels of healthy heart omega-3 fatty acids.
Increases Brain Function
One of the major side effects of ageing is a decrease in our cognitive abilities, which can be seen in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. A study has shown that people who eat more fish have a slower rate of cognitive decline due to the presence of omega-3 in their diets.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Eating oily fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel can help to regulate your cholesterol levels, which can help to lower blood pressure.
Important for Brain & Eye Development
Due to the high omega-3 fatty acids in fish, they are very important for tissue development, especially for the eyes and brain where they are known to accumulate. When I was pregnant I was told by my GP to eat lots of oily fish, for this reason, making sure to avoid raw fish.
Fish Could Be a Natural Mood Booster
Studies have shown that omega-3 is brilliant at enhancing the effects of the prescription medication used to treat depression, which can help to make you feel better and improve your quality of life.
Seafish are running a campaign throughout August called, Superfishoil Summer with Fish is the Dish, to promote the health benefits of eating fish. They are looking to collate a collection of healthy tips about consuming more fish that will sit on their website. As part of the campaign, Seafish is a kindly offering to one Celery & Cupcakes reader the opportunity to win a beautiful Jamie Oliver stainless pan set.
All you have to do is leave a comment on the post below detailing your top tips on how to fit in making healthy meals with fish into a busy lifestyle. The best tips will be published over on Fish is the Dish and the best tip will be awarded the prize.
The giveaway will close on 22nd August with the winner to be picked at random and announced on social media. Open to UK residents only.
*Post commissioned by Seafish, but all opinions are my own