Health benefits of sea food are often undermined, yet increased intake of crayfish, prawns, crab and shrimp, among others, helps minimise risk of heart attack, while promoting general good health.
Sea food contain essential elements, such as minerals, vitamins and fish oils. They are usually low in fat. Fish oils such as salmon or cod are very healthy.
They all contain Omega-3 – a key fatty acid known to help with heart health.
Confirming the benefits of sea food, the CEO, Sundry Foods Ltd., Mr. Ebele Enunwa, urged Nigerians to improve their health through consumption of health-giving sea food.
He spoke in Lagos at the opening of Coral Blue Seafood Restaurant. “I want to use this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to do a proper audit of their food they eat and see what good or otherwise such do to them.
“I am advocating that every meal taken must contain seafood in one measure or the other. We want to encourage the culture of good health by eating right. Seafoods have many health benefits, including reducing chances of a heart attack.”
Seafood contains cholesterol, but is unlikely to have major impact on blood cholesterol. Fresh seafood is best, as frozen products may contain more sodium.
Studies show marine Omega-3 can help protect the eyesight of those suffering from age-related macular degeneration – which causes blurred and fuzzy vision.
Crab, oysters and shellfish are high in protein and trace elements of selenium and chromium as well as calcium, copper and excellent levels of zinc. It has anti-inflammatory properties good for arthritis, it also reduces blood pressure. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant and trace mineral.
Sea foods contain copper that is vital for absorption, storage and metabolism of iron and formation of red blood cells.
The high levels of B2 may help ease migraines and phosphorus helps calcium build bones and teeth.