Did you know that interest in superfoods has grown by 202% over the past five years? The new millennium as a whole has brought innovations in technology, as well as a heightened interest in health. “You are what you eat,” has never been truer than right now, with studies indicating that specific foods can help stave off chronic disease, raise energy levels, and help skin glow with youth and vitality.
Of the select list of universally recognised superfoods, one of the most tempting, delicious, and healthy, is salmon. To top it off, Organic Irish Salmon is the healthiest of them all with an Omega-3 oils 10 times higher than that of non-organic salmon*.
Salmon a Nutritional Powerhouse
Studies have shown that eating salmon once or twice a week may increase our lifespan and reduce our risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 35 per cent. The secret to the power of salmon lies in its high quotient of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are associated with a lower risk of inflammation, heart attack, and stroke.
Evidence suggests that Omega-3s can help the heart beat more regularly, reduce the likelihood of blood clots, protect arteries, and lower triglyceride levels in blood. They also help with bone and joint health, and promote healthy brain development during pregnancy. Just as a side note, it is advised to only eat hot smoked salmon during pregnancy.
In one study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers pooled findings from a total of 19 large-scale studies from 16 countries involving almost 46,000 participants. They found that both plant-based and fish-based Omega-3s were linked to a significantly lower risk of fatal heart attacks. Salmon is also rich in Vitamins A and D, which are key to everything from bone growth to vision.
Salmon has been found to aid with issues such as psoriasis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Omega-3s are vital for brain development and mental health, while fish consumption has been linked to a much lower level of lung cancer.
Salmon for Beautiful Skin and Hair
Just one reason why superfoods are so powerful is their ability to fight free radicals and keep our skin and hair in optimal condition. Healthy skin and hair require Vitamin A (which salmon boasts in abundance). This vitamin ensures proper functioning of the scalp’s sebaceous glands, and encourages healthy skin cell production. Vitamin A stimulates fibroblasts (the cells that keep skin firm and taut), which are located in the deep layers of skin and which therefore cannot be targeted by skincare products.
Vitamin D, on the other hand, is vital for skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism. It boosts the skin’s immunity and destroys the free radicals that cause skin to develop lines and wrinkles, and lose elasticity and luminosity.
Omega-3s stop inflammation in skin, which is vital when it comes to firmness. Modern diets tend to contain a ratio of 10:1 (Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids), which is way too high for our skin’s needs. The ideal ratio is 2:1: keep this in mind and make sure to stock your fridge with healthy salmon, with benefits the whole family can avail of.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for our physical and mental health, but they also keep us looking young. Found in the superfood that is salmon, they help stave off heart disease, but also ensure our skin cells perform their intended functions, so our complexion shines with youth and authentic beauty.
*The reason why the omega-3 oils are 10 times higher in organic Irish salmon is the feed from fish from sustainable sources and marine sourced oil.