During a Scottish winter, everyone is much more susceptible to colds, flu and periods of depression.
Eating fish regularly helps protect us from a number of health issues that particularly affect us during the winter months.
Heart disease is a big killer with winter putting extra pressure on the heart. Combat by eating fish twice a week that’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, mackerel and scallops.
With the shorter winter days and low exposure to sunshine resulting in a deficiency of Vitamin D, this is the peak time of the year for bouts of depression. Some even experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD for short. Your body absorbs greater amounts of vitamin D when the source is fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, tuna and mackerel, all fall into this category.
Again eating fish with high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids help protect the body against colds, flu and other respiratory infections.
Extreme temperatures are not conducive to healthy skin whether out walking on a cold dull, day or shopping in a warm supermarket. Smoked salmon can play a defensive roll as it’s rich in both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Consuming regularly helps to prevent your skin from drying out.
Arthritus affects a greater number of people in winter. The more salmon, mackerel, tuna and other Omega-3 rich fish you eat, the more resistant you’ll become to joint pain and inflammation.
Of course, eating fish is also a great way to increase your intake of minerals – iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, calcium, niacin, selenium and vitamins A, B12 and D. Remember too the high protein content of most fish.
While eating fish regularly at anytime of the year is important, it is especially so during the long, dark winter months. Eat fish like someone from Iceland. An Icelander is well aware of the health benefits of eating fish during the harsh winter months. In Iceland, the incidence of SAD is extremely low.
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