Eating Fish for Your Health

Last month we discussed the Benefits of Fishing and how it has effects on one’s mind and body, but the benefits go beyond just the activity of charter fishing. Most people are aware that eating fish is good for you. However, a lot of people are unaware as to why. Below are a few reasons that explain why fish is thought to be among the most healthy foods on the planet.

High in important nutrients: These nutrients include protein & iodine. Fatty fish are also, sometimes, considered the healthiest to eat. This is because fatty fish (salmon, trout, sardines, tuna, and mackerel) are higher in fat-based nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids (crucial in optimal body & brain function and strongly believed to reduce the risk of many diseases) and vitamin D.

May lower risk of heart attacks & strokes: Fish is considered to be one of the top heart healthy foods in the world. Studies have shown that men who regularly eat one or more servings of fish a week had a 15% lower risk of heart disease. It is believed that fatty fish types are the most beneficial, once again, due to their high omega-3 fatty acid content.

Helps to boost brain health: It is well known that your brain function often declines as you get older. However, there have been several studies that have shown people who eat fish have a slower mental decline rate. Studies have also revealed that people who eat fish every week have more gray matter (the brain’s major functional tissue) in the area that controls emotion and memory.

May help prevent/treat depression: Studies have shown people who eat fish regularly are less likely to become depressed. It has been shown that omega-3 fatty acids may fight depression and increase the effectiveness of antidepressant medications. Fish and omega-3 fatty acids have also been found to aid in other mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder.

May help protect your vision as you get older: Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision impairment and blindness that affects older adults. Evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may help to protect against this disease. Studies have shown that women who eat fish regularly have a 42% less risk of macular degeneration.

Eating fish may improve your quality of sleep: In a 6 month study it was found that eating salmon 3 times a week led to better sleep, as well as overall daily functioning. It is thought that this is due to the vitamin D content.

Finally, as well as being a great source of protein and vitamins, fish is also delicious and easy to make. Book a fishing charter with us today to catch your own salmon or trout from the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan, and see our recipe ideas page for some enjoyable ways to prepare your own catch!