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Healing salmon

18 May 2013 / 19:05:18  GRReporter
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Salmon has exceptional nutritional value and is very beneficial to health as it gives us a healthy skin, a strong immune system and healthy heart and brain. It is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

The glory of salmon as a particularly useful food is based largely on the unusually high content of omega-3 fatty acids. About 110 g of salmon contain 2 g of omega-3 fatty acids, which is more than the average adult intake from different foods for several days. Salmon is also rich in other useful substances such as vitamin D and selenium, which are also important for our health. Interesting studies of the content of protein and amino acids in the fish indicate that they protect the joints, enhance the efficacy of insulin and control the inflammation of the oesophagus. You should bear in mind that all these nutrients are found in wild salmon; cultivated salmon is a different case.

Here are some of the useful aspects of salmon.

Inflammation

Research on the use of fish and the prevention of osteoarthritis shows that omega-3 fatty acids, which are contained in salmon, may be converted by the body into three types of compounds that affect chronic inflammation. The presence of peptide in the salmon may improve the health condition of articular cartilage and of other tissues, and help restore the balance of collagen and inorganic components in bones and surrounding tissues. Such peptides can connect to the omega-3 particles and prevent arthritis from inflammation. The extremely high level of vitamin D and selenium in salmon is a key factor in the prevention of inflammation.

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Brain function

A significant amount of research has shown that docosahexaenoic acid, DHA, is the most important fat that is contained in the brain. The high content of omega-3 fatty acids in salmon improves brain function and enhances its contribution to the reduced risk of problems in the brain. Salmon consumption is associated with a reduced likelihood of mental illness in the elderly. Some studies also show that there is a direct relationship between IQ and the consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Very interesting is the recent discovery of compounds of docosahexaenoic acid, which play an important role as anti-inflammatory factors, particularly when produced by nerve tissues. It is known that vitamin D is an important factor in stimulating brain function.

Cancer prevention

Vitamin A plays an important role in reducing the risk of many types of cancer, including breast, prostate and stomach. Salmon contains high levels of vitamin D and selenium, which are also associated with reduced risk of certain cancers. Regular intake of omega-3 fatty acids is particularly effective in the prevention of certain types of cell cancer and blood cancers such as leukaemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Eye health

It is known that fish oil is important for the improvement of vision. It also helps avoid the macular degeneration that appears in adults. In this case, two portions of salmon a week are sufficient to significantly reduce the risk. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are effective in the fight against chronic xerophthalmia (dry eye) too. Xerophthalmia studies show that omega-3 fatty acids in salmon can help in preventing a chronic dry eye, alleviating inflammation.

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Heart health

Consumption of salmon is associated with reduced risk of occurrence of various cardiac problems, such as heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure. Omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon are associated with improved metabolic parameters as well. The high levels of the antioxidant selenium in salmon are also very important to protect the heart.

Healthy skin and hair

Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon retain moisture of skin cells, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, which contribute to the youthful appearance of the skin. Omega-3 fatty acids improve the imperfections of the skin and retain the shine of your hair.

Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly nourishing for hair, helping it to grow and preventing hair loss. Furthermore, the high content of protein in salmon also helps make your hair shiny and healthy.

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