5 Health Benefits of Salmon
• Muscles, Tissues, Enzymes, Hormones: Proteins and amino acids are vital components of our cells, tissues, enzymes and hormones. The proteins from salmon are easily digestible and easily absorbed into the body. Salmon is also rich in some of the very essential minerals like iron, calcium, selenium and phosphorus and vitamins like A, B and D.
• Cardio-Vascular Health: Omega-3 Fatty Acids repair damages to the cardio-vascular tissues while also helping reduce cholesterol, maintain flexibility of arteries and veins and strengthen cardiac muscles. Also, the essential fatty acids help reduce blood pressure by lowering cholesterol levels and preventing hardening of walls of arteries and veins, thereby significantly reducing the chances of heart attack.
• Metabolism: Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin-D and selenium, collectively help increase influence of insulin, thereby facilitating absorption of sugar and subsequent lowering of blood sugar level.
• Eye Care: Omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids help prevent macular degeneration, dryness, loss of vision and fatigue of eyes. It’s proven that people who eat fish regularly, have better vision than others, longer.
• Brain & Nerves: The Omega-3 fatty acids increase efficiency of the brain, improves memory and keeps it alert during long working hours. Along with the amino acids, vitamin-A & D and selenium, these fatty acids protect nervous system damages from aging, act as anti depressant and relaxes the brain.
Baked Salmon Recipe
o 2 cloves garlic, minced
o 6 tablespoons light olive oil
o 1 teaspoon dried basil
o 1 teaspoon salt
o 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
o 1 tablespoon lemon juice
o 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
o 2 (6 ounce) fillets salmon
1. In a medium glass bowl, prepare marinade by mixing garlic, light olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and parsley. Place salmon fillets in a medium glass baking dish, and cover with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator about 1 hour, turning occasionally.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
3. Place fillets in aluminum foil, cover with marinade, and seal. Place sealed salmon in the glass dish, and bake 35 to 45 minutes, until easily flaked with a fork.