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The Health Benefits Of Mackerel

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  • Thursday, 09 July 2015 00:00

Mackerel is one of the highly recommended oily fish for a healthy diet. It is also known as maccarello. The slim torpedo-shaped fish is found in deep temperate and tropical waters. It is rich in essential oils, vitamins and minerals. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids occur in high quantities in this fish.

It contains vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K. Various minerals also occur richly in the fish. These include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and selenium. Trace minerals include zinc and copper. The fish also contains protein and the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10. 

Here are the top 6 reasons you should start eating mackerel –

#1 Prevents heart disease

Mackerel fish is not only rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids but also is also low in saturated fats. Hence eating this fish lowers your risk of heart complications like stroke,atherosclerosis,heart attacks and arrhythmia

#2 Lowers risk of diabetes

Mackerel contains a good amount of healthy fats namely monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) which play a key role in the prevention, as well as control of blood sugar levels in diabetics. Consuming this fish on a regular basis not only regulates blood sugar levels in the body, but it also lowers visceral fat, thereby lowering your risk of diabetes.

#3 Controls blood pressure levels

In case you are a non-vegetarian by nature and suffer from hypertension, consume mackerel fish on a daily basis to keep your blood pressure levels within control.

#4 Reduces symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

The Omega 3 in mackerel contains anti-inflammatory compounds which help in lowering the joint pain and stiffness of muscles in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Including this fish in your diet while on medication is found to improve your condition by enhancing the efficacy of the drugs.

#5 Improves cognitive function

Research studies have proved that people consuming high levels of omega-3 fatty acids are at a lower risk of getting affected by depression. Hence, by adding mackerel to your daily diet, this food not only aids in reducing mood swings common in individuals suffering from depression, but it also improves the activity of antidepressant medications. Mackerel is loaded with DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid)and consuming this fish lowers your chances of suffering fromAlzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

#6 Increases survival chance of bowel cancer patients

Mackerel is one of the very few natural sources containing good amounts of vitamin D that is known to up the survival chances of bowel cancer patients. Research studies have proved that cancer patients with high blood levels of vitamin D are more likely to survive the disease, in addition to improving their health condition.

Source : TheHealthSite.com

 

 

 

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