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Why is Salmon Good for Me?

 

Salmon provides a good source of essential vitamins.  A 3 ounce portion will give you more than 40% of your daily vitamin B-12; over 30% of niacin; over 25% of vitamin B-6 and more than 10% of thiamin and pantothenic acid.

 

The same 3 ounce serving of salmon also provides roughly 50% of your recommended intake of selenium, which may fight heart disease, cancer, mental decline that comes with age and thyroid disease, according to the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements.  The same serving of salmon also delivers 20% of your daily intake of phosphorous, 15% of your daily intake of potassium, 10% daily intake of magnesium and 7% daily intake of zinc, iron and copper.

 

Phosphorous plays numerous roles in the body, from building strong bones and teeth to maintaining a healthy heart and kidneys, as well as playing a role in cell metabolism.  Selenium aids enzyme function, iron and copper transport oxygen through the blood, potassium helps regulate fluid levels in the body and magnesium and zinc are used in various chemical reactions in the body.

 

 

Omega 3s

 

Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of essential fatty acid.  The body cannot make them on its own and requires intake from food or vitamins in order to supply the nutrients.  Omega 3 promotes healthy joints and skin, reduces the risk of heart disease and aids in neurological development in unborn children.

 

Atlantic salmon has the highest concentration of Omega 3s in the salmon family, at 1.9 grams per 2 ounce fillet.  The American Heart Association recommends that adults have two servings of Omega 3 per week to maintain optimal health benefits.  

 

According to the Worlds Healthiest Foods, Omega 3 improves heart muscle function and reduces the risks of deadly heart arrhythmia.

Sourced from livestrong.com