Wild Salmon is one of nature's healthiest and purest foods. It is high in protein yet low in calories and saturated fat and contains a unique type of health promoting fat, the omega-3 essential fatty acids. As the name implies, essential fatty acids are essential for human health but because they cannot be made by the body, they must be obtained from foods. In addition to their high concentrations of omega-3's, salmon are an excellent source of digestible proteins (amino acids), Vitamin D, the B Vitamins, B12, Niacin and the trace mineral Selenium. It is also a good source of Zinc, Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium and Iron.
Some well known health benefits from eating salmon: (click each benefit to expand)
• Muscles, Tissues, Enzymes and Hormones:
Proteins are essential components of our cells, tissues, enzymes, hormones and every other body part. The proteins found in salmon are easily digestible, easily absorbed into the body and do not contain any carcinogenic compounds like some other meats do. Salmon is rich in some of the very essential minerals which are necessary in building up tissues, hair, nails etc.
• Cardio-Vascular (Heart) Health:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids found in salmon help reduce cholesterol, maintain flexibility of arteries and veins and strengthen cardiac muscles. The essential amino acids repair damages to the cardiovascular tissues and also help reduce blood pressure. Cholesterol level is lowered thus preventing the hardening of arteries and veins which consideraly reduce the risk of heart attacks.
The Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin D and Selenium together provide an influx of insulin, lowering the body's blood sugar level.
• Eye Care:
Eating salmon helps prevent macular degeneration, dryness, loss of vision and fatigue of eyes. It is a proven fact that people who eat fish regularly have better vision than others.
• Brain & Nerves:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids boost cognitive functions such as memory and concentration and even increase intelligence. Working with the amino acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Selenium protects the nervous system from damages and aging, counter depression, relaxes the brain and are also helpful in treating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
• Other Benefits:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids reduce inflammation of the digestive system and arteries, reduces chances of colon, prostate and kidney cancer, improves skin texture, adds shine to eyes, skin, hair and nails and helps in the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon. It is a good protein supplement for older or people with illnesses being that it is easily digestible. The fatter the salmon, the more nutritious and healthy it is.