If a healthier lifestyle is on the top of your list for 2016, you need to eat more fish! We’re not kidding. Besides being delicious, fish comes with a big side of health benefits.
Here are the top five ways eating seafood supports good health—and happiness:
- Sleep: Do you struggle to get to sleep? Fish can help with that. It’s packed with Omega-3s and vitamin D, both reasons researchers at the National Institutes of Health are reporting people who eat fish get to sleep easier and stay asleep longer.
- Immunity: Almost half of the American population is deficient in vitamin D, which is so important to the immune system (and really, for bones, organs, and overall health, too). Fish is the only dietary source of vitamin D found on the planet, and fatty fish like salmon are particularly high in it—a single serving of salmon (six ounces) contains 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D. Even cod and other white fish have enough vitamin D to make up for all that time you spend in the office instead of in the sun.
- Heart Health: Those same Omega-3 fatty acids that help with sleep are also linked to preventing heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish per week. Researchers there say that although eating flaxseed, walnuts, and other Omega-3-rich foods is a good thing, you can’t beat the benefits of eating fish regularly.
- Memory: Researchers have found that eating fish can prevent the onset of cognitive problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, eating a delicious creature from the sea just once a week amps up your gray matter better than taking fish oil in pill form.
- Happiness. Seriously. Many studies have shown that people who eat fish have a more positive outlook on life. A seafood-rich diet has long been shown to ward off depression. Now researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have discovered something we already knew: people who dine on fish are not only happier, but they tend to have more pleasant personalities than people who don’t eat seafood.
Come see us in Osterville this winter. We’re here with just what you need to gain health and happiness—and maybe even popularity—in this New Year.