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Why Should We Eat More Fish?

By Edited Mar 1, 2014 1 0

Great Reasons to Eat Fish

A rundown of the benifits of eating fish - its working for the Japanese

It is a well-known fact that populations that eat a diet rich in fish tend to have a longer life expectancy. Japan is the classic example of this phenomenon. Life expectancy in Japan is the highest in the world, averaging 82 years. On average, men live to 79 years old and women live until they are 86 in Japan). Now this is a complicated subject, with many factors coming into play,  just considering dietary factors alone is probably not appropriate, but the diet rich in fish certainly doesn’t seem to be doing any harm.

 

A Selection of Beautiful Fish

Fish fats, along with many plant oils are very rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Other good sources are algea oil, squid oil, shrimp and krill oil, plant oils, flaxseed oil and hemp oil.  Omega 3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids, this basically means that they cannot be broken down or synthesized by the human body.

Certain types of omega 3 fatty acids are associated with a reduction in the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease. The research supporting this claim is preliminary and needs to be progressed further to confirm the initial findings. Essential fatty acid are also credited with making us clever. There is some research which suggests that the consumption of omega 3 fatty acids can help brain function and improve your memory.

There is also research that suggests that there is a link between the consumption of fish oil and a reduction in triglycerides (fat) in the blood. The reduction in triglycerides of between 10 and 33 percent was noted in people who consumed fish rich in omega 3 on a regular basis.

The following list is a summary of the perceived benefits of eating fish:
• Reduction in cases of Asthma in children who eat fish regularly
• Omega 3 fatty acids are thought to be beneficial to the retina tissue in human eyes
• A diet rich in fish is thought to reduce Cardiovascular disease
• Lower risk of Dementia
• Lower incidence of Depression
• Helps avoid and manage Diabetes
• Improved eyesight in babies where mothers eat a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids
• Symptoms associated with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and autoimmune disease are thought to be reduced through the consumption of a diet rich in fish.
• Reduces the risk of premature births.

All of the information contained within this article is derived from studies and research. However, it should be noted that not all studies are of a robust nature and many of the studies are preliminary and cannot be relied upon at this stage. If you are uncertain in any way, please consult a healthcare professional.

One last reason why everyone should eat lots of fish is that it is delicious. There are thousands of amazing fish recipes out there, including the raw sushi dishes of japan, the rich paella dishes of Europe, the shrimp dishes of the southern states of the USA and the humble trout recipes of England.

If you are going to experiment with new fish recipes, perhaps one fish to avoid is the Fugu. This fish is a delicacy in Japan, but if prepared incorrectly can be lethal. The fish contains a poison (tetrodotoxin) in its organs. The poison can cause a slow death by asphyxiation, whilst the victim maintains full consciousness. It is thought that the fish has been eaten for over 2000 years in Japan, however, the emperor of Japan is officially forbidden from eating the fish due to the associated risks

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