Salmon is not only a delicious fish, but it is a nutritious fish as well. Most of the health benefits of salmon come from omega-3 fatty acids present in them.
Good for the heart
Omega-3 fatty acids are present in most fish around the world. However, compared to warm water fish, cold-water fish, such as salmon have greater amount of omega-3 fatty acid. Researchers have found that human body could absorb omega-3 fatty acids present in salmons better than omega-3 fatty acid obtained from other sources, such as cod liver oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for our cardiovascular health. It prevents blood clot, erratic heart rhythms, and improves the lipid profile by raising good cholesterol and lowering triglyceride level in the blood. Besides omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is also rich in heart friendly vitamin B12 and niacin. Niacin helps to reduce the level of blood cholesterol.
Salmon for brain
Salmon could possibly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The nutrients present in this fish improve brain function.
Remedy for arthritis
Salmon oil is capable of reducing inflammation and pain associated with osteoporosis and arthritis.
Good source of protein
Salmon is a rich source of healthy protein. Unlike most animal protein, salmon does not contain saturated fat.
Select your salmon carefully
The salmon that we eat are either farmed or wild. However, while devouring this appetizing fish, hardly do we consider the source from where it has been obtained. Studies have found that Pacific salmon might be comparatively safer for our health than the Atlantic salmon. The pollutants and mercury present in the water are responsible for contaminating the Atlantic salmon or the farmed salmon. These pollutants increase the risk of cancer. The Pacific salmons, such as the ones coming from Alaska have lesser carcinogenic pollutants in them.
Studies have also found that compared to farmed salmons from North America, lesser amount of pollutants are present in farmed salmons from South America. Salmons from Europe, unfortunately, were found to be most contaminated. If it hadn’t been for the man-made environmental pollution, all types of salmons could have been equally good for our health.