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Health Benefits of Canned Fish

Updated on January 10, 2014

Benefits of Canned Fish

Canned Fish for Health

Canned fish, I bet you never thought that it would be considered a home remedy did you? But did you know that eating canned fish just a couple of times a week will help to make you heart stronger and healthier? Well, that is just one of the benefits you can get from eating canned fish or any fish for that matter. Fish can help you to have a better memory, happier mood, and a potentially longer and healthier life. Canned fish is fish that has been processed and sealed in an airtight container and it then subjected to heat.

What’s in Canned Fish?

Canned fish are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids; they are salmon, sardines, herring, and tuna. Omega 3 help to reduce inflammation, and improve your blood flow.

Science

There are studies that support the thought that omega 3 rich fish may help to prevent age-related decline in thinking skills and memory. Some studies even support that the right amount of omega 3 is linked to lower rates of depression.

Omega 3 fatty acids help to decrease the “stickiness” of blood platelets thus making them less likely to stick together and form clots. Also they seem to increase the flexibility of red blood cells, and this enables them to pass through tiny vessels, reduce inflammation of the artery walls. They are also responsible for lowering triglycerides I the blood

Studies have also been encouraging for men; those who ate at least once a week were about 52% less likely to die from a heart attack than men who ate fish only once a month or less.

List of canned fish that you should be consuming

  • Anchovies, they are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids and are rich in selenium

  • Crab meat, they contain zinc and phosphorus. This helps with your immune system and is filled with muscle friendly proteins.

  • Salmon, this is one of the richest in omega 3 fatty acids. It can help to decrease your risk for heart disease and improve bone strength. Salmon is also a great source of protein and vitamin D.

  • Sardines, great source of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin b12, and vitamin D this helps to improve athletic ability and may help to prevent diabetes.

  • Tuna has omega 3 fatty acids as well and now you can rest easy because the mercury content is under control due to newer canning companies that are using albacore tuna. They are smaller and have had less time to accumulate mercury.

For the most part getting your omega 3 fatty acids can be expensive unless you are shopping in the canned fish aisle. Sardines are a great choice they are cheap, healthy and sustainable. These fish are rich in nutrients and are often found in cans, but they can be found fresh also. Sardines are a small oily fish that eats only plant life.

Anchovies are a small, common salt water forage fish. They are found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. These small fish are classified as an oily fish and have a strong flavor. Keep in mind, however; that anchovies can concentrate domoic acid, which causes amnesic shellfish poisoning in humans, birds and sea mammals. If you suspect this has happened to you seek medical attention immediately.

Salmon comes from Alaska, for the most part, and is canned wholly natural with nothing added with the exception of salt. This fish is rich in calcium and magnesium and comes in cans or pouches for your convenience. Pink salmon is light in color and mild in flavor, however; the red salmon is richer and more intense in flavor and color. (Salmon comes from other places as well as Alaska, but most of ours comes from there.) Salmon is great for salads as an alternative to tuna if you prefer.

Canned crab meat is a cheaper solution for those who love seafood and want to cook at home. There are different grades and you will pay for what you get. Lump grade crab meat contains broken jumbo lumps and large parts of body meat and is less expensive than Jumbo grade. Claw crabmeat, this is the one I prefer, it is the least expensive and the most flavorful grade. This one is great for soups and other recipes, the flavor will not be lost under seasoning.


Thanks for reading Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt

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