There’s a reason why one of our most popular dishes is pan seared salmon. For one, salmon is an incredibly popular option amongst diners. It can be dressed up in so many different ways, and it’s fairly versatile in terms of fish options. In addition to that, salmon is incredibly healthy. It has a variety of benefits that’ll make you consider making it more of a staple in your regular diet! Let’s take a look at some of the advantages you reap when you consume salmon.
Phenomenal Source of Protein
Protein is an essential nutrient and salmon is rich with high-quality protein. Protein plays a vital role throughout your body and has a hand in helping your body heal after an injury, maintain muscle mass, and protect bone health. It’s typically suggested for each meal you eat to have 20 to 30 grams of protein. Fortunately for you, a 3.5 ounce serving of salmon packs about 23 grams of protein.
High Omega-3 Content
For years now, omega-3s have been at the forefront of diet suggestions. This is mostly due to the fact that omega-3 fats are “essential”, meaning you have to get them from your diet because your body does not create them naturally. Salmon is, in fact, one of the best sources around for omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. In 3.5 ounces of salmon you get 2.3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. Regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can decrease inflammation, lower blood pressure, improve cell function in the lining of your arteries, and reduce your risk of cancer. Eating at least two servings of salmon a week can help you consistently maintain proper omega-3 levels.
Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that gives salmon its red pigment. Belonging to the carotenoid family of antioxidants, astaxanthin lowers the risk of heart disease by reducing oxidation of bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol. It also works with the abundant omega-3 fatty acids in salmon to ward off inflammation in the brain and nervous systems. Furthermore, it even benefits the skin. Astaxanthin helps prevent skin damage in addition to helping you look younger.
Plenty of B Vitamins
Salmon also happens to be a great source of B vitamins. In 3.5 ounces of salmon you get 50% of your recommended daily amount of both vitamin B3 and vitamin B12. You get decent amounts of B1, B2, B5, B6, and B9 too. These vitamins are necessary for several vital bodily functions, including creating and repairing DNA and turning food into energy. B vitamins also work together to keep your brain and nervous system highly functional.
These are just a few of the amazing benefits of regularly including salmon in your diet. Next time you pop into Mare Oyster Bar, try our pan seared salmon. It’s sure to delight! If you’ve already had it once or twice before, there’s no harm in enjoying it again. We look forward to seeing you!