“Eating foods rich in amino acids could be as good for your heart as stopping smoking or getting more exercise — according to a new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA)” – ScienceDaily

Protein is an important component in every cell of our body. Recently it has been found that intake of protein rich food also lowers the risk of heart disease.

Protein makes up our skin, hair, nails, bones, and muscles. Protein is also important for repairing cellular damages, and it’s also used by our body when producing enzymes, hormones, and other chemicals in our body. Deficiency of protein can retard growth, cause chemical imbalance and lead to diseases.

Our body needs relatively large amount of protein in our daily diet to carry out several bodily functions. Our organs also need protein to develop and repair itself. However, our body does not store excess proteins the same way it stores fat and carbohydrates, and therefore, we must supply our body with a regular source of protein.

“A new study published today (August 27, 2015) reveals that people who eat high levels of certain have lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness. Increasing intake from protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, dairy produce, beans, lentils, broccoli and spinach could be an important and readily achievable way to reduce people’s risk of cardiovascular disease.” – ScienceDaily

Fish as a source of high protein


Fish is an important source of high quality animal based proteins. Several studies have found that increasing amino acid rich food in our daily diet can lower our blood pressure and risk of heart diseases. Fish is a high protein, low fat food that is also delicious and easy to include in our daily diet.

“Fish is a food of excellent nutritional value, providing high quality protein and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and D, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, and iodine in marine fish. Its protein – like that of meat – is easily digestible and favorably complements dietary protein provided by cereals and legumes that are typically consumed in many developing countries.” – Focus

In comparison to other animal based proteins, consumers have a wide choice for fish as far as their budget, taste, eating habits and location is concerned. [Amino Acid Compositions of 27 Food Fishes and Their Importance in Clinical Nutrition]

How protein rich seafoods benefits your heart health

salmon-518497_1280Fish is often referred to as an ultimate superfood. Oily fish such as salmon and sardines contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids that improve your heart health. They are unsaturated fatty acids, which, are found to lower your blood cholesterol when substituted for saturated fatty acids found in other animal based meat such as beef or chicken.

“The main beneficial nutrient appears to be omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fatty acid that may reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation in the body can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease.” – Mayo Clinic

Fish is  surprisingly healthy and it’s also relatively cheap and easy to include in your daily diet. Try to find fish from your local farmers, or even better, raise your own fish at home and benefit several ways from them.

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Source: WorldWide Aquaculture

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