01 – Brain Food
Omega-3s from seafood give your brain a mental edge. They are linked to sharper brain function, cognition and memory that comes from consuming seafood omega-3s: you may lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and possibly Parkinson’s disease. After pregnancy, increased DHA consumption can lessen the symptoms of postpartum depression. Omega-3s may even help in treating patients with depression.
02 – Safe Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a crucial time for mothers to nourish themselves and their developing babies. Several key nutrients for mothers, such as selenium and iodine, are abundant in seafood. One occurs in seafood almost exclusively—the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA. Research suggests that the longer infants receive DHA, either from breastfeeding or supplemented formula, the better visual acuity they have at one year of age and beyond.
03 – Heart Healthy
Eating seafood benefits the heart in many ways. Eating fatty fish regularly reduces the inflammatory substances produced in the heart’s arteries, improving the function of these blood vessels. In fact, if you enjoy seafood at least twice a week, you could reduce your chance of dying from heart disease.
04 – Arthritis Inflamation
Consuming two 3oz. servings of fish each week may help reduce arthritic inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, decrease morning stiffness and lessen joint pain and tenderness.
05 – Diabetes Control
Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids found in fish may promote the control of diabetic symptoms and the management of complications from the disease. Evidence suggests that higher consumption of omega-3s or fatty fish may also have a positive effect on glucose and insulin metabolism.
06 – Cancer Preventions
Cancer can occur in any part of the body. Research on omega-3 fatty acids has developed a strong suspicion that they may play a protective role in each stage of cancer development.
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Orca Bay Staff Nutritionist
A life-long dancer and athlete, Lilani Estacio translated her passion for health and fitness to a BS in Nutritional Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Lilani has always been passionate about enjoying healthful, delicious meals. As one of five children, Lilani grew up witnessing large meals bringing together her even larger family in the kitchen and beyond. Lilani joined Orca Bay in 2015, after sharpening her marketing skills at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and spending over five years collaborating in a test kitchen on fresh recipes at Dole Food Company. When she is not educating consumers and buyers about the benefits of healthful eating, Lilani can also be found volunteering as a nutritionist for Solid Grounds and No Kid Hungry/Cooking Matters and is on the Board of Directors of the City of Hope Pacific Northwest Food Industries Circle.