How Crabs and Fish Can Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

fish dinnerWe know that certain types of seafood can put us in a better mood, but the benefits of consuming crabs and other fish go even further. Studies show that adding more fish to your diet can reduce your risk of cancer. One study which monitored the diets of a group of women between the ages of 26 and 45, conducted over 20 years found that replacing one meal a day of red meat with fish can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 14 percent. This doesn’t mean you have to eliminate red meat completely, but cutting back on the number of portions you eat in a week and swapping it out for an equally delicious fish filet or plate of crab legs could potentially save your life.

In addition to reducing the risk of breast cancer, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released results from a survey of 5,300 women who received a colonoscopy. Women who reported eating fish at least three times a week were 33 percent less likely to have polyps than those who did not consume as much seafood, suggesting that increasing the amount of fish you consume may help reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.

So what is it about fish that makes it so important in cancer prevention? Well, it has to do with one of the same ingredients also responsible for making sure you keep your cool. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation believed to cause and facilitate the spread of cancer. A study published in Clinical Cancer Research found that introducing foods containing high amounts of omega 3 into the diets of patients with prostate cancer could stop the disease from spreading to other areas of the body.

stone crabs Billy'sThe study specifically centered on seafood with the highest levels of omega 3 like salmon, tuna and shellfish including crabs, shrimp, oysters, lobster, and scallops. Patients with a greater risk for developing the disease because of their genetic predisposition appeared to see that risk significantly reduced or disappear. Even men who only ate fish only once a month lowered their risk by36 percent over those who did not ever eat fish. From the results, researchers determined that the more fish you eat, the less likely you are to develop prostate cancer and those who do have it, may be able to increase their chances of survival.

It is important to note that eating fish is not a cure for cancer, but a stepping stone to preventing it. A healthy diet should include fish at least two to three times per week along with other healthful foods like whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Lucky for you, we have an extensive seafood menu guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds and maybe even help you stay healthy! Whether you dine in at our restaurant, or pick up your favorite fish at our seafood market, you can always get your recommended dose of omega 3 with us!

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