American Heart Month – Why Salmon Is So Heart Healthy
Those salmon-hungry bears you see gobbling up salmon on your favorite nature show are definitely in the know. They probably know that if you eat just 3 servings of fish a week, you can drastically improve your health across the board, make your heart healthier, boost your immune and neurological systems, and fight off a multitude of chronic illnesses.
Salmon is at the top of the list of fish you are recommended to eat as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Wild caught salmon (not farm raised) is an important source of vitamins B3, B6, B12 and D, zinc, iron, protein, phosphorous, selenium, potassium and omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Your body craves omega-3 fats. But unlike many of the important minerals, vitamins and protein you require, your body cannot manufacture omega-3 fatty acids. You must consume them from some outside source. As it turns out, salmon, along with mackerel, herring, sardines and albacore tuna, is extremely high in heart-healthy omega-3s.
Heart-healthy omega-3s can reduce your risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, heart attack, and unhealthy triglyceride levels.
So, here’s your EASY goal for now and going forward: Eat just 3 six ounce servings of salmon per week and dramatically reduce your risk of these and other heart related health problems.