Salmon is a wonderful source of high quality protein, omega 3 essential fatty acids and contains a balanced ratio of EPA and DHA (constituents of omega 3). It was studied for its health benefits when it was noted that Eskimo’s who typically consume a salmon rich diet, had excellent heart and overall health.
Both DHA and EPA are essential for improving memory and mental health, aid with reducing inflammation, assist with maintaining a healthy heart, help to balance hormones and reduce fluid retention that may be associated with hormonal imbalances.
Salmon is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such as potassium, selenium, B6 and vitamin B12. An average serve of salmon (approximately 80-100g) will provide you with approximately 20-50% of your recommended daily intake of the above vitamins and minerals. This serve will also provide you with your entire daily requirement of essential fatty acids. This is an easy and tasty way to increase your omega 3 fatty acid consumption.
The fattier the salmon, the more nutritious and healthier it is. It is not only a great source of fat and protein but, it is also easily digested and a great option for those people who lack a healthy digestion or, who struggle to consume nutrient dense food on a daily basis.
Next time you’re at your local fish shop, skip your flaky white fleshed fish and purchase a nourishing, nutrient dense piece of pink Atlantic salmon. You’ll be eating a food that is jam packed with nutrients, just as nature intended.