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Why is Salmon A Superfood? – 6 amazing health benefits of salmon fish

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Salmon are usually classified either as Pacific (Oncorhynchus family) or Atlantic (Salmo family) salmon, according to the ocean in which they are found. There is just one species of Atlantic salmon, while there are five species of Pacific salmon including chinook (or king), sockeye (or red), coho (or silver), pink and chum. Norwegian salmon, a popular type of salmon often offered on restaurant menus, is actually Atlantic salmon that is farm-raised in Norway.

Health Benefits of Salmon

  • Muscles, Tissues, Enzymes, Hormones etc.: Proteins or amino acids are essential components of our cells, tissues, enzymes, hormones and every other body part. The proteins from salmon (and most other fishes) are easy digestible and easily absorbed into the body. They do neither have any adverse side effects nor contain carcinogenic compounds, like other meats do. Salmons are also source of good fat (omega-3 fatty acids) which also plays a vital role in keeping you healthy. Salmon is also rich in some of the very essential minerals like iron, calcium, selenium and phosphorus and vitamins like A, B and D. Selenium, which is very necessary for building up of tissues, hair, nails etc., is best obtained from animal proteins and among which, salmon is one of the best.
  • Cardio-Vascular Health: While the Omega-3 Fatty Acids help reduce cholesterol, maintain flexibility of arteries and veins and strengthen cardiac muscles, the essential amino acids repair damages to the cardio-vascular tissues. They help reduce the blood pressure too, as they lower cholesterol level and prevent hardening of walls of arteries and veins, thereby considerably reducing the chances of heart attack.
  • Metabolism: The Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin-D and selenium, together help increase influence of insulin, thereby facilitating absorption of sugar and consequent lowering of blood sugar level.
  • Eye Care: Again, the Omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids help prevent macular degeneration, dryness, loss of vision and fatigue of eyes. It is a proven fact that people who eat fishes regularly or more than others, have better vision than others, longer.
  • Brain & Nerves: The Omega-3 fatty acids increase efficiency of the brain, improves memory and keep it wide awake during long working hours. In company with the amino acids, vitamin-A & D and selenium, these fatty acids protect nervous system from damages from aging, act as anti depressant, relaxes the brain and are also helpful in treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Perhaps that is why the fish eaters are supposed to be more intelligent than the meat eaters.
  • Other Benefits: Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation of the arteries and digestive system, reduce chances of cancer of colon, prostrate and kidneys etc., improve skin texture, add shining to eyes, skin, hair and nails and help in the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon. The fatter the salmon, the more nutritious and healthy it is. It is a good protein supplement of older or sick people too, being easy digestible. In some parts of the world, it is cheaper than other sources of animal proteins such as meat, poultry etc.
Emma Olliff
Star Expert

Emma is a qualified Nutritional Therapist (DipNT CNM) and is registered with BANT (British Association for Nutritional Therapy) and CMA (Complimentary Medical Association). She is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimum health through diet and lifestyle.

Emma Olliff
Star Expert

Emma is a qualified Nutritional Therapist (DipNT CNM) and is registered with BANT (British Association for Nutritional Therapy) and CMA (Complimentary Medical Association). She is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimum health through diet and lifestyle.

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Nandu Kansara
Nandu Kansara 5pts

I 2nd Harini Devi !! Stop publishing such articles!! Hindu values believe in non violent our Dharm teach us Ahimsa is Permo Dharm !!!

Kasyapa Dasa
Kasyapa Dasa 5pts

Diphyllobothriasis... Better to avoid seafood altogether

Kasyapa Dasa
Kasyapa Dasa 5pts

Diabetes 2! Ayurveda blog is no authority

Harini Devi Dasi
Harini Devi Dasi 5pts

What ?? !! Ayurveda comes from the Vedas it is impossible to say that it is good to eat meat or poison or eggs. The végératisme being the base ... This page should change its name or qualify really Ayurvedic medicine before publishing such an article and say such a thing!

Mk Baikani
Mk Baikani 5pts

Wat is this called in Telugu. Were do we get in hyd

Srushty Gowda
Srushty Gowda 5pts

@vishal-fo many diseases thy have advisd,fo more infrmatn refr astanga hrudaya written by vagbhata,putapaaka vidhi... thr yu nly wl cm to know...

Vishal Motwani
Vishal Motwani 5pts

:O I never saw our ancestors eating non veg or any Ayurvedic meds made using animal!

Sopan Dhuri
Sopan Dhuri 5pts

Now clear my doubt, what is ayurveda?

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Ayurveda never promoted vegetarianism ..that is the biggest myth.

Vishal Motwani
Vishal Motwani 5pts

Why you promoting non veg???? :O our ancestors never gave such advice....Esp in ayurveda!!

Prashant Trivedi
Prashant Trivedi 5pts

What kind of ayurveda is this.??. lol... American Ayurveda :D

Ingrid Cecilie Ulla
Ingrid Cecilie Ulla 5pts

It is very poisoned, we raise loads of salmon here in Norway. I never eat them, and the wild ones are hard to get and very expensive compared. The food they give the salmon is so dangerous to human they have to use protective clothes to handle the food. Support nature, dont buy this!

Nina Gaekward Cheng
Nina Gaekward Cheng 5pts

I love to eat salmon specially smoked salmon.I also love sea bass fish.I have given up meat but fish will be difficult for me.Salmon should never be cooked to much.Fresh salmon should be cooked steam as far as I am aware with steam rice it goes very well,Yummy (Y)

Gina Rae
Gina Rae 5pts

as long as it's not from the Pacific , it's full of radiation, you would have to get the gmo salmon

Kristine Skancke
Kristine Skancke 5pts

Wild salmon yes, but not salmon raised on all kinds of food incl. pal oil.