Seafood is a great source of protein and essential nutrients, and is very low in fat. Seafood is also the primary dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids, a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that, when eaten regularly, are associated with significant health benefits.
Most people, however, do not get enough omega-3s in their diet to support optimal health. Experts recommend eating at least 2 servings of fish each week. Doing so may:
- Lessen the risk for heart disease, including heart attack and dangerously abnormal heart rhythms Increase levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol
- Reduce triglyceride levels (the chemical form in which fat is transported throughout the body – high levels are associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease)
- Lower high blood pressure
- Reduce the risk of certain types of cancer
- Decrease inflammation, possibly improving symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Reduce the severity of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disease
- “Thin” the blood (thereby helping to prevent abnormal blood clotting)
- Protect against Alzheimer’s disease, age-related cognitive decline, macular degeneration and age-related hearing loss
Also, pregnant women need to eat foods high in omega-3s to support optimal fetal brain and eye development.
Fishermans Market Seafood Nutritional Facts
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