7 Reasons to Include Seafood In Your Diet:For a healthy eating habit

-Sweta Manandhar

Consumption of even 50 g of this delicacy daily can prove to be very beneficial to your health. Find out how.

Eating raw veggies and fruits can get depressing at times when you’re on a constant binge of eating healthy. Seafood with an orgasmic feel to the taste buds serves the same health purpose as do vegetables.

1 Improves Immunity
When taken during pregnancy, seafood omega-3 matures the immune system in infants, which lowers the chances of allergies in children. Research has shown a link between omega-3 fatty acids and osteoarthritis, which suggests that including fish in your regular diet eases the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory conditions like asthma and digestive disorders. The symptoms become less severe as omega-3 tones down the overactive immune responses, but it doesn’t cure the conditions completely.

2 Reduces fat
All seafood are low in kilojoules, even fewer than the leanest meat. “Consuming even 50 g of seafood daily can reduce your body fat by 2 percent,” says Binu Pokharel from Bluefin Freshmart. Eating seafood several times a week helps in losing weight, but the key is the way you prepare it. Grill, bake, steam, or boil the seafood for an effective weight loss diet.

3 Great for the heart
Seafood has very little fat of any kind and mostly has unsaturated fat. Eating fish three times a week can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Not only does it reduce the risk, but it improves electrical properties of the heart, making stable rhythms and a better heart rate adaptability. Omega-3 in seafood prevents unwanted blood clotting and provides a healthier blood vessel function and blood flow, which further prevents the risks of heart attack and stroke.

4 For a clearer vision
Eating oil-rich fish regularly helps to keep eyes bright and healthy. The omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood help in protecting the eyesight of people suffering from age-related macular degeneration, reducing the possibility of cataract, dry eye, glaucoma, and other visual disorders. Shellfish contains retinol, a form of vitamin A, which boosts night vision.

5 Essential nutrients
Iodine, selenium, zinc, and potassium, the essential nutrients that keep us running smoothly, are provided by seafood. Fish and shellfish are great sources of vitamins A and D and many other vitamins.

6 Protects the lungs
Seafood not only relieves the symptoms of asthma in children, but it has been shown to prevent it as well. Studies have shown that fish and shellfish help in protecting our lungs, and eating a lot of fish keeps your lungs stronger and healthier as you age.

7 Does wonders to the brain
Omega-3 helps in providing sharper brain function, which includes protection of neurons from injury and disease, and improved brain cell repair and regeneration. Omega-3 helps in enhancing cognition and memory as you age, which lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Consuming seafood reduces depression and halts mental decline in older people. Omega-3 helps in prenatal and postnatal neurological development which reduces the risk of dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, and several other mental disorders, including bipolar disorder, and mood disorders like anxiety, aggression, and hostility.

Bluefin Freshmart
The highly nutritious and easily digestible seafood are less popular in countries without easy access to the ocean, like Nepal. However, the establishment of Bluefin Freshmart has made such seafood easily accesible now. Established about three years ago, Bluefin currently has outlets at Jhamsikhel, Baluwatar, and Bhainsepati, which provide imported seafood and meat from Thailand. Bluefin Freshmart aims to provide fresh and hygienic seafood, unlike seafood sold in local markets which may or may not be hygienic. They plan on starting fish farming in Nepal and covering Indian and Chinese markets to export fresh fish right here from Nepal.

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