In India fish is eaten more in the coastal regions and generally in other parts the stress is on meats and chicken than fish. But fish has some exceptional benefits when eaten and it will be a good idea to summarize them. As a thumb rule it is an accepted fact that eating Fish reduces the chance of you getting a heart attack. Recent research has brought to the fore that eating fish can also help to combat depression and is a help in diseases that are a part of mental decline like Alzheimer’s disease.
Fish and Cardiovascular Diseases
The immediate effect of fish-eating is on cardiovascular diseases. A study commissioned at Harvard has highlighted that coronary heart disease is 36% lower in people who consume some fatty fish on a weekly basis. This is because fish has a high dosage of omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial for the heart. Researchers have revealed that salmon, trout and tuna are rich as a source of omega-3. It also shows that farmed tilapia has the lowest quantity of omega 3 acids, but it has high dosage of omega-6 fatty acids. Omega -6 is also needed by the human body but an excess can have an adverse effect.
Benefits of Eating Fish
Eating fish is primarily to add omega-3 fatty acids to the body so that the cardio vascular system of the body can be toned up. Omega-3 is also produced by the human body but the quantity produced needs to be replenished and fish is an excellent source. The two types of Omega 0-3 that are in abundance in Fish is EPA and DHA, which in turn are the ones that affect the cardio vascular symptoms the most in a beneficial way. How much fish should one eat? This is the eternal question and one has to look to doctors for an answer.
The American Heart Association has come out with some figures that can be given serious consideration. The AMA says that a human being must try and partake of a serving of 3.5 ounces of cooked fish at least twice a week. The recommendation is for Fish only and that also fatty fish. This as pointed out is a rich source of omega -3 acids. It really does not matter that the fish is from the ocean or the river (Saltwater or fresh water) Shellfish is also good for health. It is classified as a water-dwelling animal and does not come strictly in the class of a fish.
Water dwelling animals are Crustaceans and mollusks. These crustaceans and Mollusks are an exceptional source of protein, which is another essential requirement of the human body. A comparison of the various types of fishes and their health ingredients makes interesting reading. a) Salmon is a very rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. A 4 ounce serving contains anything between 1200 and 2400mg of these acids. b) Albacore tuna will generate for the human body 1700mg, mackerel 1350mg , herring 2300-2400mg, sardines 1100-1600mg and freshwater trout 1000-1100 mg of omega -3 fatty acid for a similar amount of fish in a meal i.e. 4 ounce.
One of the benefits of eating fish is an impetus to the brain, which improves memory and stops or delays the effect of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s condition. So eat plenty of Fish