Fish have often represented a cheaper dietary source of proteins to Nigerians and coupled with the famed health benefits they have over red meat, fish are often made an integral part of the diet of many people, especially for health reasons. While fish price in Nigeria has been on the rise in recent months, one of the most consumed fish by Nigerians has been the tilapia fish, which has its origin in the Middle East and Africa. It is a fish highly valued for its sweet and mild taste, flaky texture, as well as affordability.
Photo Illustration of Tilapia Fish
Tilapia, just like other fish is one of the richest sources of protein, but in addition to protein, tilapia is also one of the richest sources of essential vitamins and minerals such as omega-3 fatty acids, choline, niacin, selenium, vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus. The presence of these essential nutrients in tilapia fish makes it one of the most beneficial fish around, and when you regularly eat this fish, you stand to derive some of these benefits as well.
Photo Illustration Of Grilled Tilapia Fish
So what are some benefits of consuming tilapia regularly? A few of the things that can happen to your body in terms of health benefits when you consume tilapia fish regularly are briefly discussed below:
1. Heart Health
Tilapia just like other fish have a higher concentration of omega-3 fatty acids than beef, pork, chicken or turkey. These unsaturated fats are beneficial to the heart in several ways including the reduction of blood clotting, lowering of cholesterol, lowering of blood pressure, reduction of risk of strokes and heart failure, and reduction of arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat.
2. Bone Strength
Regular consumption of tilapia can be just what the bones in your body need as it packs quite a punch when it comes to bone-friendly nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and phosphorus. Due to the composition of these nutrients in tilapia, you may be saving yourself from osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and other bone-related issues.
3. Brain Boost
Regular consumption of tilapia fish can also help boost your brain health due to its rich omega-3 fatty acids content, which is linked to increased neurological functions in humans. Apart from this, you would also be protecting your brain from some of the degenerative mental conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's.
4. Weight Management
Due to its high protein but low calories and fat content, regular consumption of tilapia fish can also help you in managing your weight. Its high protein content would ensure that you feel full, while its low calorie and fat content would help to keep your weight in check.
5. Cancer Prevention
Tilapia is an excellent source of selenium, an essential mineral whose presence in humans has been linked to the prevention of serious health issues such as cancer, heart disease, cognitive decline, and thyroid disease. The fillet of tilapia is believed to provide 88% of a person's daily value of selenium.
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