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Salmon, a delicious fish known to be a good source of protein and fatty acids, has health benefits that go well beyond nutrition.

Salmon contains essential fatty acids for our body, called essential, because our body can not synthesize or produce them, that is, we need to obtain them through food. The fish also contains some vitamins, such as D, A and some of the B complex, in addition to minerals such as selenium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium and iron.

Some benefits of salmon

Muscles, tissues, enzymes and hormones: Proteins, or their small divisions, amino acids, are essential components of our cells, tissues, enzymes, hormones and all parts of the body. Salmon (and most fish) proteins are easily digested and absorbed by our body. Salmon is still a good source of fat (and omega-3) which plays a very important role in maintaining health. Salmon is rich in essential minerals like iron, calcium, selenium and phosphorus, and vitamins such as A, B and D.

Cardiovascular Health: While omega-3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol levels, maintain flexibility of arteries and veins, and maintain heart muscle strength, the essential amino acids (proteins) contained in salmon repair the damage that may exist in the cardiovascular tissue. Omega-3s help lower blood pressure, and as they lower cholesterol levels and maintain flexibility of arteries and veins, they lower the risk of heart attack.

Metabolism: Fatty acids, vitamin D and selenium, help increase the sensitivity of insulin in our body, and this facilitates the absorption of sugar, consequently decreasing blood levels of this.

Eyes: Omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids help prevent macular degeneration, dryness, loss of vision, and eye fatigue. It has been proven that people who consume fatty fish (such as salmon) on a regular basis have a better view for longer than those who do not consume them.

Brain and Nerves: Omega-3 fatty acids increase brain efficiency, improve memory, and help keep our minds focused for several hours of work. Along with amino acids, vitamins A, D and selenium, these fatty acids protect our nervous system from normal degeneration caused by age, as well as act as mild antidepressant, relax the brain and are even recommended for the treatment of diseases of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Other benefits: Omega-3 reduces inflammation of the arteries and digestive system, reduces the risk of cancer of the colon, prostate, kidney, among others. Helps to improve the texture of the skin and the brightness of the eyes, hair and nails. In addition, it helps in the growth of good bacteria in the colon.

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