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Those Fish Can Make a Meal Healthier

By Tom Herrin

A lot of people are picky eaters.  There is at least one in each family.  While it is not all bad, it is important for people to cultivate a taste for as many kinds of foods as possible.  Most eat many of the standard foods such as beef, pork, chicken, etc., but one of the best foods that can be added to any diet is fish.  In many places, it is the primary source of protein because it is accessible to them.  For the most part, anyone who lives near a body of water can catch their own.  Adding it to a diet may have a major impact on the health of people of all ages.

It Can Increase the Nutrient Content of Any Diet

While all people eat food, all meals are not equal.  Some are severely deficient in their nutritional value.  Fish contains iodine, minerals, and vitamins.  Most fish is very high in protein and considered to be pretty lean with little or no bad fats.  The fatty fish contain fats that are believed to be very good.  The omega-3 fatty acids seem to serve many good functions.  Fish is also one of the few foods to contain a good supply of Vitamin D.  This is why that over 40 percent of the population is thought to be deficient in.

It Can Help Protect Against Heart Disease and Stroke

This is another case in which the omega-3 fatty acids are identified to be helpful.  One study of more than 40,000 men who ate fish at least once per week indicated that their risk of heart disease was 15 percent lower.  This seems to be a predictable pattern that may apply to many instances that have been noted.

It May Protect Material in the Brain

As we age, many of us experience loss of mental processes.  Our grey matter has to do with memory, processing information, and emotions.  In some studies, people who ate fish regularly had more grey matter in some centers in the brain.  This could have a positive impact on people with problems such as Alzheimer's and other age-related brain issues.  If eating more fish can help these kinds of problems, there are a lot of people who may want to be on board.  I need all the protection I can get, so I make it a point to have it at least a couple of times per week.  If I am really short on time, I will open a can of sardines and a package of crackers.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Louis, Mo.

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