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Superfood of the Week: Salmon

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If you’re trying to add new foods to your diet, look into salmon. Salmon’s health benefits are far too many to ignore. The fish is packed with disease fighting, acids, minerals and vitamins, that can strengthen your muscle and reduce your chances of diseases.

Studies have shown that consumption of the acid rich salmon can help you live a long and healthier life. So whether you bake it, broil it, grill it, steam it or eat it raw, it is a powerful and necessary addition to your weekly, or even daily diet.

Proteins, also referred to as amino acids, are vital to the health of your entire body. Because of labels and false advertisements, people fail to consume the real proteins, which digest properly because they are too busy substituting with proteins bars or artificial protein shakes.

The great thing about salmon? The protein in salmon is the easiest for people to digest and absorb into their bodies. With all the new discovers of cancer causing foods, you should be pleased to know that salmon does not have cancer-causing substances that other protein sources do. (When in doubt, choose salmon–wink wink.)

The main health benefit in salmon is the excellent good fat or Omega-3 fatty acids. Because of the high Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, salmon will help lower your cholesterol, and the good thing about lowering your bad cholesterol is that is also raises your good cholesterol (HDL).

On top of all that, salmon can lower your blood pressure and repair heart damage. I told you, too many health benefits to keep track of, quite the super food if I do say so myself.

And now for all you dieters out there, why should you add salmon in your daily diet? Eating salmon speeds up your metabolism. This facilitates your sugar absorption rate and can lower your blood sugar level. In other words, this lowers your risk of developing diabetes.

Even if you have great health and don’t need to worry about cholesterol and high blood pressure, salmon is still an excellent addition to your daily diet. It’s delicious and could be incorporated into your diet in so many ways.

Have smoked salmon for breakfast, grilled salmon over a salad at lunch, or bake salmon for dinner with a little Dijon mustard. Salmon can be eaten anytime a day, so next week when you’re deciding what to cook for breakfast, lunch or dinner, think salmon.

By Carly Goldstein

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