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Health benefits of fish

Fish contains many nutrients. It is:

  • Rich in minerals, such as selenium and iodine
  • An excellent source of protein
  • The best food source of natural vitamin D
  • The best source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids:
    • Are essential for the body’s development and proper function, especially the brain and retina
    • Are essential for a healthy pregnancy
    • Are said to protect against cardiovascular disease
    • Have anti-inflammatory effects
    • Fish is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Frequent consumption of fatty fish high in omega-3, such as salmon, sardines, trout and Atlantic mackerel, is said to have a protective effect against age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in seniors.

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Last update: August 7, 2017

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