1. GREAT FOR YOUR HEART
Seafood is low in saturated fat and high in omega-3, both of which can protect the heart from disease and lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood
Eating fish can improve your circulation and reduce the risk of thrombosis. The EPA and DHA - omega-3 oils in seafood, can save your body from having to produce eicosanoids, a hormone-like substance which can make you more likely to suffer from blood clots and inflammation.
3. JOINT BENEFITS
Eating fish as a regular part of a balanced diet has been suggested to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, a condition causing the joints to swell. Research has also investigated the link between omega-3s and osteoarthritis, suggesting that eating more seafood could help prevent the disease.
Eating oil-rich fish regularly can help keep the eyes bright and healthy. Fish and shellfish also contain retinol, a form of vitamin A which boosts night vision.
5. ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS
Seafood provides us with many essential nutrients that keeps the body healthy, including iodine, selenium, zinc, potassium and vitamins A, D, and B12.
Omega-3 can help to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV damage and relieve the symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Fish also contains collagen, a structural protein that keeps the skin firm and flexible.
7. BRAIN POWER
The human brain is almost 60 percent fat, with much of this being omega-3 fat. For this reason, research has indicated that people who eat plenty of seafood are less likely to suffer dementia and memory problems in later life. DHA, an omega-3 fat found in seafood, has also been linked to improvements in children's concentration, reading skills, behaviour, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Many experts recommend eating at least two portions of seafood every week.
One portion of seafood is generally considered to be about 140g of seafood, or a portion the size of your fist.
Seafood can also be eaten or introduced to your diet while pregnant. According to the Ministry for Primary Industry’s website, Omega 3 is important for the development of the central nervous system in babies, before and after they are born. However, you shouldn’t eat raw seafood (fish, shellfish or crustaceans etc) when pregnant. Well-cooked seafood, such as steamed mussels, or fish and shellfish cooked in a chowder, is safe to consume providing it is cooked thoroughly and eaten hot.
The Ministry for Primary Industries also has guidance on keeping your exposure to mercury within safe limits.