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A Little Fish May Go a Long Way

By Tom Herrin

There may not be a lot of foods that singularly provide high amounts of protein and serve to address multiple health benefits as well.  Almost everyone wants to get as much as possible out of what they eat.  Especially for those who are concerned about remaining as lean as they can, fish may be that near magic component that may be able to do the trick.  The problem is that a few people have some reservations about eating much fish, or they have been turned off by the smell or taste in the past.  With all the varieties available and the different ways to prepare it, there should be some way to find to eat it.

It May Help Prevent Heart Issues

There seems to be a general consensus that fish has some benefits for the heart.  The presence of the omega-3 fatty acids obviously plays a big role in this.  In a study of more than 40,000 men who ate fish at least once per week, they were found to have a 15 percent lower risk of heart disease.  The number appears to be pretty significant and may be good reason to include more fish in the diet.

It May Help Protect Grey Matter

The brain functions much differently from any other organ.  Grey matter is responsible for memory, processing information, and controlling emotions.  Some studies have indicated that people who eat more fish may have more grey matter in some centers in the brain.  This may be an indication that eating fish can help to deter diseases such as Alzheimer's.  Eating fish regularly may generally help to slow some of the effects of aging.

It May Provide Vitamin D

Fish is one of the foods that contains Vitamin D.  Many other foods may be fortified with it.  The other common source of it is the sun.  When people are not able to get enough sunshine, fish may be the best option for this valuable vitamin.  It is generally believed that more than 40 percent of the population is deficient in it.  Adding fish to a diet can be quick, easy, and inexpensive.  I enjoy opening a can of sardines when I want to be sure to get enough.  Our family always likes salmon with whipped dressing on crackers.  By a little experimenting, you should be able to find some kind you like as well.  It is worth trying for your health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Park, Tex.

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