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Date Posted: 13 December 2017

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Why You Should Eat More Seafood

How exactly do you benefit from the regular consumption of our delicious seafood? To get the answer, read on about the top reasons to include more fish and seafood in your diet.

Rich in Vitamin D

Deficiency in vitamin D has been linked to several diseases, but how can you get more vitamin D in your diet without having to buy extra supplements or spend more time in the sun? If you are working in an office, you know that especially during the winter months, it is rather difficult to get sufficient daily exposure to the sun. There is also the risk of skin problems associated with regular sun exposure. Furthermore, consider how hot the African sun gets. Depression has been linked to the lack of vitamin D during the winter, which is noted as one of the reasons for the higher occurrence of depression during the colder months.

The good news is that seafood is an excellent source of vitamin D, and you can thus improve your health through regular fish and seafood consumption. Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids in fish products also help to improve sleep and help fight daytime fatigue. Three servings a week will thus help you get the sleep you deserve and need for proper functioning and health.

Reduce the Risk of Asthma

Studies have shown that consumption of fish during the right stage of a child’s development helps to reduce the risk of asthma in infants and young children. Regular fish consumption can thus improve your child’s health.

Contains Omega-3

Seafood is rich in omega-3, which has been linked to various health benefits, such as better sleep, improved eyesight, reduced risk of inflammation, and better brain functioning, including an improvement in memory and concentration.

Healthy Protein Source

The body requires protein for energy. Without it, the body breaks down muscle protein, thereby weakening its strength. Moreover, the body cannot heal properly without regular protein intake. Meat is a good source of protein, but many meat sources have too much fat, whereas seafood is lean.

No Hormones and Antibiotics

Meat sources often come from animals that have been fed or injected with hormones, or have been administered antibiotics throughout their lives. Wild-caught fish and seafood are not contaminated with chemical fillers, hormones, and antibiotics.

The above are but a few health benefits of seafood, and many more have been noted in studies. As a rich source of vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein, it should get priority in your weekly meal planning.

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