Fish is a high-protein, low-fat food source that provides a range of health benefits. White-fleshed fish, in particular, is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, and oily fish are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, or the "good" fats. Since the human body can’t make significant amounts of these essential nutrients, fish are an important part of the diet. Also, fish are low in the "bad" fats commonly found in red meat, called omega-6 fatty acids.
Ingredients with major benefits to our health found in our fish - the European Sea Bass, the Gilt-head Sea Bream and the Meagre - include:
- Thiamine - breakdown of carbohydrates
- Riboflavin - normal cell growth and function
- vitamin A - growth and development, maintenance of the immune system, good vision
- vitamin C - repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters
- Potassium - muscles, heartbeat and breathing, counters hypertension
- Calcium - bone and tooth building, enables our blood to clot, our muscles to contract, and heart to beat
- Phosphorus - essential element for living organisation, fosters memory and the proper development of bones and teeth
- Iron - oxygen transportation and storage, production of hormones and connective tissue
- Magnesium - required for enzyme function
- Folic acid - Reduces of child birth defect developments
- Omega 3 fatty acids - Regulates levels of triglycerides and blood pressure, protects cardiovascular health
- Iodine - essential for the functions regulated by thyroid hormones
Specifically for the Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), a growing body of evidence indicates that they provide a number of vital health benefits.
- help maintain cardiovascular health by playing a role in the regulation of blood clotting and vessel constriction
- are important for prenatal and postnatal neurological development;
- may reduce tissue inflammation and alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- may play a beneficial role in cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), reducing depression and halting mental decline in older people.