How Shellfish and Salmon Can Save Your Heart

billys-dishes3If you follow our blog than you know that eating fish can reduce your risk of cancer and put you in a better mood when you’re feeling low, but certain fish like shellfish and salmon could even save your heart! According to the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association, eating crabs, shrimp, lobster, salmon or tuna each week could prevent you from dying of a heart attack.

Although it’s true that some varieties of shellfish like shrimp are high in cholesterol, they are very low in saturated fat which is the greatest contributor to the development of heart disease. Eating shellfish, especially crabs, raises your levels of HDL (good cholesterol) which research suggests may be beneficial in reducing your risk of other cardiovascular diseases too.

As you probably know, Omega 3 fatty acids play an even bigger role in keeping your body healthy. Omega 3 is a polyunsaturated fat that is believed to help reduce inflammation and clotting, lower blood pressure, and decrease triglycerides. Inflammation is one of most dangerous causes of heart disease because it damages blood vessels throughout the body slowly over a long period of time. In addition to aiding in the prevention of cardiac arrest, Omega 3 also decreases your risk of having a stroke or acquiring an irregular heartbeat. Shellfish in particular aren’t just high in Omega 3, but also rich in vitamin B 12 while all fish are a great source of protein.

Photo by Ernesto Andrade

Photo by Ernesto Andrade

So how much fish should you eat? Consuming 3.5 ounces of fish at least twice a week can significantly improve your chances of having a healthy heart. If you prefer fin fish, fatty fish like salmon and tuna contain the highest levels of Omega 3. Salmon and tuna get their extra layer of fat from living in deeper water where the temperatures are cooler.  Lobster and Alaskan king crab pack the biggest wallop in the shellfish category because of their large size. If mollusks are more your style, you can still get your required daily nutrients from oysters, mussels, clams, and scallops. A balanced diet combining both fin fish and shellfish is highly recommended. Add a glass of wine with your meal and you could reduce your risk of heart disease a little more.

When you dine with us at lunch, start with any of our cold appetizers followed by one of our Shrimp, Crabmeat, or Seafood Salads. If you’re joining us for dinner, our All You Can Eat Stone Crabs, Caribbean and Mediterranean entrees, or any of our broiled seafood entrees are perfect for your palate and your heart! You can see our full menu here.

Perhaps the greatest attribute shellfish and salmon share is that you don’t have to sacrifice your taste buds in favor of your health. You are actually doing something good for yourself every time you indulge in one of these delectable delicacies!

Don’t delay! Stop by our restaurant or seafood market and start saving your heart today! We look forward to serving you!

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