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5 Reasons to Include More Salmon in Your Diet

 

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Salmon is a perfect example of a fatty food with tremendous health benefits. Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that promote muscle growth and heart health, as well as other nutrients such as selenium and vitamin D. Salmon caught in the wild offer the highest levels of fatty acids and other nutrients; fortunately, fresh salmon can be found at grocery stores across the nation. Although fresh salmon can be expensive, many dietitians recommend adding this fish to your diet. Here are some excellent health reasons to add salmon to your menu more often.

5. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

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Start eating more salmon and you’ll reduce your risk of cancer. Salmon is one of the few natural sources of vitamin D. Studies show that vitamin D helps lower your risk for some cancers, such as prostate, colorectal and breast cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to reduce the risk for some types of cancer. Regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids is especially effective at preventing lymph cell and blood cell related cancers, including non-Hodgkins lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma.

4. Improved Heart Health

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The Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon help lower levels of bad cholesterol while helping to raise levels of good cholesterol. These fatty acids also help to lower triglyceride levels. Lower levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol help to lower the risk of heart disease. Research also shows that regular consumption of salmon helps to lower high blood pressure and decreases the risk for heart arrhythmia, stroke and heart attack.

3. Maintain Healthy Brain Function

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One of the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and researchers have found that this specific fatty acid helps maintain health brain function. The fatty acids help to improve memory and reduce problems with depression. Some studies have shown that regularly consuming foods with omega-3s helps to prevent mental decline as you age, and salmon consumption may even reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease as you grow older.

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