From saltwater and freshwater fish to deep-sea shellfish, seafood is a beloved delight, especially in summer. Many restaurants offer traditional mussels and chips, such as the Pub de Carqueiranne in the South of France, for example.
Let’s look at the different nutritional benefits of seafood:
Although the specificities depend on the kind of seafood you eat, this food is known to be a natural source of vitamins and minerals: vitamins B and D. B-group vitamins (vitamins such as B1, B3, biotin, B12, etc.) which have several effects, influencing energy production, metabolism, concentration and even beauty!
Some kinds of fish, such as salmon, are rich in vitamin A, which helps protect vision and strengthen the immune and reproductive systems.
Another vitamin found in some seafood – often the oily skin of salmon, tuna and others – is vitamin D, which highly contributes to bone growth, calcium absorption and stimulates the effectiveness of the immune system and cell growth.
Although seafood is sufficiently nutritious to be low in saturated fat and high in protein, its greatest health benefit is its rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.
While several studies have been conducted on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, they are best known for their beneficial effects on heart health. They can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as arrhythmias, strokes and heart attacks. Although many prefer to acquire their omega-3 fatty acids with food supplements, scientists prefer the actual consumption of seafood.
Regular consumption of seafood has been proved to relief the arthritis symptoms. Moreover, research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can relieve sensitive knuckles and reduce morning stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
A study published in 2014 in the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Journal suggests that those who consume omega-3 fatty acids from seafood are less likely to suffer from age-related eye degeneration, a disease that can lead to vision loss. Fish and shellfish can also improve your night vision. Eating oil-rich fish regularly can help keep your eyes bright and healthy.
A significant role on the skin
Eating seafood helps to preserve skin moisture. Your skin’s natural radiance is more affected by what you eat than by what you apply directly to it. The omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays (which is especially useful in summer) and recent research has revealed some limited results suggesting that fish oil can help reduce the prevalence of acne.
Omega-3s from seafood can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. An adequate intake of DHA and EPA from omega-3 fatty acids promotes adequate brain growth in infants and children. In addition, recent research has shown that long-term consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can stimulate cognitive function among aging women.
In addition, recent research has shown that there is a link between omega-3 fatty acid intake and the risk of depression. Omega-3 fatty acid intake can not only reduce the risk of depression, but also treat depression indeed. Eating more seafood can help you to have a more positive vision on life.
The choice of seafood and fish
Finally, there is a wide variety of seafood to choose from, according to your tastes, and although one of the greatest deterrents to seafood is “the taste of the sea”, there are many healthy ways to prepare your meal or enjoy it in a seaside restaurant like the French Pub de Carqueiranne, located by the sea.
How couldn’t we enjoy the traditional mussels with chips?