With the beginning of 2022, many of us will be scribbling down New Year’s Resolutions to enjoy our healthiest and happiest year yet. Many Resolutions will involve us moving our bodies more or spending precious time with loved ones, but to encourage a truly nourishing year, it is key to include fish and shellfish into your diet.
Renowned for its health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids, essential vitamins and immune-boosting nutrients, seafood is recognised as a vital addition to every diet and is recommended by experts to be eaten at least twice a week.
Our fish and shellfish are sustainably sourced directly from our coastal team at Brixham Market who hand-select the finest catch ready to be delivered to your door. Along with being the freshest you can find online, we offer a range of seafood that is each packed with important nutrients and vitamins so you can boost your body with the goodness it deserves.
With the next couple of months being the gloomiest with dark mornings and cold weather, it’s key we support our immune health by incorporating a variety of seafood into our diets. Fortunately, all fish and shellfish include essential nutrients that boost our immunes however, it’s important to recognise some include more than others. For example, Salmon is a great immune booster due to its high levels of vitamin D and selenium however, Lobster is also packed with vitamin B3, B6, B12, selenium and zinc, making it an excellent shellfish for strengthening our immune health.
Along with boosting your immune, Salmon and Lobster are also great sources of protein along with Tuna, Pollock, Cod, Haddock and even the smaller ones you might not expect including Sardines and Prawns. Protein is essential for every human body as it ensures strong growth and repair of your cells and is recommended via the Reference Intake (RI) for people to consume 50g of protein a day (requirements can differ according to the individual’s age, size, gender and level of activity). When examining the amount of protein per 100g of seafood, it’s easy to recognise the incredible benefits a seafood diet can contribute to a person. For example, Tuna (100g) packs in a staggering 32g of protein whilst Sardines (100g) have an impressive 25g of protein.
Feeling an overwhelming sense of tiredness – especially after the festive holidays? By incorporating more seafood dishes into your life, you can help avoid this feeling as seafood such as Octopus and Mackerel are generously packed with vitamins B3, B6 and B12 which are essential in reducing fatigue. You can also improve your energy levels by eating more shellfish such as Clams, Mussels and Oysters as they contain high levels of iron, which also helps to minimise fatigue.
With the harsh cold weather, you may find your skin lacking its usual glow, but luckily for you, there’s one very simple way to improve your skin and that’s by eating more seafood every week. Both fish and shellfish are filled with skin-boosting nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins B2 and B3, zinc and copper. Fish such as Salmon and Mackerel are rich sources of omega 3 fatty acids which help to maintain skin be thick, supple and moisturised. Whereas shellfish such as Oysters are high in copper, which is essential in healing skin and contributes to cell renewal and rejuvenation.