Seafood is an important component of a healthful diet. Packed to the gills with nutrition, it is an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and iodine. Omega 3 fatty acid, which is present in abundance in seafood, is vital to good health. It boosts the immune system, brain function (including memory), and skin health. It helps bypass heart disease … prevent cancer, is anti-inflammatory, and can also help relieve arthritic symptoms and asthma. In fact, many health practitioners recommend fish oil supplements to individuals with certain health conditions.
Marine food sources with the most significant amounts of Omega 3 are krill, sardines, anchovies, catfish, tuna, herring, salmon, and mackerel. Shellfish, such as shrimp, crab, mussels and lobster offer less of the beneficial fat. Seafood is not limited to fish and shellfish. Nutrition-rich sea vegetables — a staple of Asian cuisine — have become more popular in the U.S. Sushi, seaweed noodles, wraps and soups made from these vegetables are now served in many restaurants, and sold in supermarkets and health food stores. Some of the vegetables include: dulce, nori, wakame, spirulina and chlorella. They are also used for their powerful medicinal value.
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