Health Benefits of Eating Fish : You Can’t Miss

Fish Fry

Fish Fry

  1. Fish contains many essential nutrients including iodine and Vitamin D. Eating fish regularly can help in improving brain and eye function and cut down risk of various diseases.
  2. Eating fish regularly have been found to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.
  3. Regular consumption can reduce decline in brain function during old age. People who eat fish regularly have been found to have more grey matter in the brain centers which are responsible for controlling memory and emotion.
  4. An important function of omega-3 fatty acid in fish is that it may help in fighting and treating depression. People with depression can include fish in their diet along with various anti-depressants, in order to fight depression more effectively.
  5. Fish is the only good dietary source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is quite a common deficiency in people and is essentially acquired by the body through exposure to sunlight. You can also have cod liver oil to increase Vitamin D consumption. Sufficient Vitamin D is required for healthy bones and joints.
  6. People who consume fish regularly are less likely to suffer from autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes. Regular fish consumption also reduces risks of rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
  7. Incidence of asthma in children can be reduced by regular fish consumption.
  8. Fish can help in protecting vision in old age and may also help in improving sleep quality. Improved sleep quality results in improved function on day-to-day basis.

Thanks to doctor.ndtv.com

How to buy fresh fish (Freshness Factor) ?

Consider the following freshness factors while buying fish for your family,

Mackerel

Mackerel

Red gills of the Fish
Bright scarlet gills/bright pink or red on a fish mean it’s freshly caught. A dull color is old fish.

Finger Test
Softness/mushy means fish is old, a hard form means freshness. Finger tips shouldn’t leave an impression on the fish.

Texture & Shine
The skin should be shiny and moist without brown spots. and must have an appearance of a live fish. If it’s not fresh then it looks dull.

Color of the fish fillet
When buying fillets look for neat, trim fillets with white translucent appearance

Fish Eye Test
Look for clear bright, glossy and dark eyes and sunken, red or cloudy white eyes are not good (not fresh).