Posted by Gary Keen on 11th Apr 2016

Benefits of Eating Fish

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Unless you have stuck to catch and release fishing, the likelihood is you have caught and cooked your own salmon or trout at home. But did you realise how good oily fish is for your health? The wild fish you catch is packed with nutritional value, as well as a great deal of vitamins and minerals that will benefit your overall wellbeing.

Read on to find out exactly how fish is good for you, and why you should keep saying that ‘fishing is for the good of your health’!

Vitamin D

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We actually get most of our Vitamin D from sunlight, although the best alternative place to get it is from oily fish. Specifically it assists in the absorption of calcium, phosphate, magnesium, zinc and iron into the body, whilst preventing rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.

But the best thing is that you only need to eat a small amount of fish to receive the benefits. An 113-gram serving of salmon is enough to fulfill 100% of your daily intake of Vitamin D.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Another benefit of eating fish you have caught is the Omega-3 Fatty Acids included in particularly oily fish (including salmon, trout, mackerel or tuna) that help with a person’s metabolism. Additionally, they are known to lower the risk of heart disease, can help sooth joint pain and are also cited as reducing the symptoms of depression.

Overall Health Benefits

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Additionally, there are also several other health benefits to eating oily fish, especially when you consume it up to 1-2 times a week, which is the recommended amount for a healthy adult.

Firstly, eating fish regularly has been linked with reducing the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Secondly, it also protects against macular degeneration, which affects impaired vision in the elderley. Thirdly, consuming fish has been said to considerably reduce the chances of young children getting type 1 diabetes.

Things to Remember

As much as eating fish is good for you, and catching fish is always enjoyable, there might be a legal limit on how much you are allowed to catch per day. Things to consider are:

  • -Species of fish
  • -Size of fish
  • -Location

Different localities may have different laws, so it is worth checking in with local groups, shops or simply reading up on regional byelaws.

If you need any advice on how much fish you can catch near Keen’s Tackle and Guns, or would like to purchase new equipment, feel free to get in touch or pop into the shop today.