Health Benefits of Tuna

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Tuna fish is packed with nutrients beneficial the health and well-being of mankind, principally because of its high content of Omega-3 fatty acids.

The Tuna’s natural habitat are the warm water of the Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.  It is available year round and placed high on the list of many people’s favourite food world-wide. There are at least 48 different species of tuna, which includes Albacore, Blue-fin, Slender tuna, Yellow-fin, Big-eye, Bonito and Frigate tuna. 

Its effect on the cardio-vascular system is renowned, with the American Heart Association recommendation that two servings of fatty fish should be eaten each week.  High on the list is tuna, along with salmon, sardines and rainbow trout.  Tuna has the ability to steady the rhythm of the heart, preventing the possibility of clotting and serves to increase the ratio of HDL ’good’ cholesterol to the level of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol circulating in the blood.

Tuna contains several vitamins including vitamin B6, which help to increases energy levels and plays an essential role in the building of red blood cells.  It also contains significant quantities of folic acid, and reduces the homocysteine in the body, high levels of which is directly associated with the increased risk of developing arteriosclerosis and osteoporosis.

Recent research has indicated that the regular inclusion of tuna in the diet can help to lower the incidence of ischemic heart disease, strokes and embolisms.  Tuna contains significant amounts of the mineral selenium, which is not only essential in maintaining a healthy liver, but also play an important role in the prevention of cancer, heart disease and once again, arteriosclerosis.

According to recent scientific studies 10 million Americans suffer each year from the age-related condition known as ‘Dry eye syndrome’, however the regular inclusion of tuna in the diet is able to effectively resolved that condition.  Childhood asthma has been shown to benefit from the regular consumption of tuna.

Tuna inhibits the growth of breast and renal cancers and also help to improve mood and reduce the symptoms of depression. Gout is an extremely painful artheritic condition caused by the build-up of uric acid in the joints, sufferers are advised to include tuna as part of their diet in an effort to relieve the symptoms and maintain joint health.

Tuna can be purchases either fresh or canned, needless to say that it is best consumed in its fresh state.  However, when purchasing fresh tuna, attention should be paid to the following.  Its eyes should be bright and clear, the gills should be reddish with a firm moist skin, whilst the flesh should be either pink of red with no signs of browning.

Tuna fish is low in fat and high in protein, which helps to metabolise and burn fat, therefore it forms a useful part of any weight loss programme. Eight ounces of tuna contains 179 calories with just 11 of those calories attributed to saturated fat. It is the perfect super-food and should be eaten at lease twice each week as part of a healthy and well balanced diet


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