Ingredient Spotlight: Salmon

 In Food, Heathy eating, Super Foods

Succulent salmon. Friend of the foodie and the body builder. A clean protein we can all enjoy.

This moist and tasty fish is a nutrient dense powerhouse, full of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and B12) and omega-3 fatty acids.

Check out these five benefits of adding more silky-salmon into your diet:

 

Packed with Vitamin D

Salmon is chockers with vitamin D, containing 127% of your daily intake requirement. Vitamin D is needed for the proper regulation of calcium, phosphorus absorption, healthy bones and teeth, and, is said to protect against multiple diseases and conditions.

 

Salmon is good for your heart

As we mentioned before, this luscious fish contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids. Benefits of these fats include the reduction of inflammation, making salmon great for cardiovascular health. If you’re eating it two or three times a week you can reduce your risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and triglycerides, arrhythmia and stroke.

 

Healthy brain and nervous system

The omega-3 fatty acids aren’t only great for your heart, they are also important in proper brain and nervous system function. Omega-3s have been linked to improved memory. It’s not just the fatty acids in salmon that are good for your nervous system, vitamin A and D and selenium (a mineral that acts as an antioxidant in the body) are known to protect the nervous system from age-related damage.

 

Great for inflammation

Salmon contains proteins known as ‘bioactive peptides’. One of these peptides has been linked to increasing and regulating collagen synthesis in osteoarthritic cartilage. What does this mean? It may prove beneficial for the management of joint diseases like osteoarthritis.

 

Antioxidants and fatty acids for supple and healthy skin

This yummy fish contains both omega-3 fatty acids as well as the antioxidant astaxanthin, all great things for your skin! The fatty acids help your skin as they are anti-inflammatory and astaxanthin has been shown to help prevent skin damage and keep you looking younger.
Why not try some in your next Chef Good order? Give our smashed pea & salmon cake with lemon & dill cabbage salad a go.

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