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Top Five Superfoods: Reduce Stress through Cooking

Superfood is a key term that has been circulating around the health industry for a long time. When a new superfood is introduced, it tends to be common food sources. As the list for superfoods continues so does the need for innovative ways to use each item. Following our top five superfoods, you will also find recipes to incorporate the superfoods into delicious meals. Excited? Let’s begin!

Fatty Fish

Fat and health are somewhat awkward dueling words. Many consumers are unaware of why fatty fish is a superfood. We know fish is a healthy choice but fatty fish tips the scale to superfood status for many reasons. Salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines are fatty fish found in cold-water that supply rich sources of omega-3s. 

Omega-3 fatty acids are a crucial part to our diets, yet a part that not all of us attain sufficiency in. Scientific evidence has found an association between omega-3 fatty acids intake and depression. Published in 2014, a literature review stated further research is needed to determine the association consistently. The outlook is optimistic. 

Vitamin D is another crucial key to a healthy diet. Again, it is a part of our diet that many consumers are missing. In comes superfood-hero, fatty fish! Low levels of vitamin D can lead to an assortment of effects, including depression and anxiety. Increasing your consumption of fatty fish, like salmon, can also give your body a natural boost of vitamin D. 

Shellfish

Mussels, clams, oysters, and BC prawns are included in this next delicious category of shellfish. High in amino acids, shellfish has earned a spot among superfood royalty. An emerging player is amino acid, taurine

Medication, such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are used to treat depression and other mood disorders. Because of slow onset and other effects of antidepressant medications, research has turned to taurine. Taurine has beneficial properties similar to SSRIs but more studies are needed to draw further conclusions. 

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Shellfish is not labeled a superfood for any small achievements. Along with taurine, other nutrients our bodies need can also be found in shellfish. Zinc, copper, and manganese are all essential minerals that are found in shellfish.

A collection of mouth-watering BC spot prawn recipes, including olive oil poached spot prawns with gazpacho, salt-baked spot prawns with charred tomatillos sauce, offer a variety of ways to not only eat healthier but use superfoods as ingredients. 

Garlic

Keeping vampires at bay is not the only usefulness of garlic. Other than keeping nighttime monsters away, garlic can do the same to toxins in your body. Interesting, right? ‘Food Modulation Detoxification’ pathways have opened a whole new way of looking at health and food. Garlic is at the top of the game. 

Proceeding with contained excitement, more research is needed as the field of powerful nutrients as limitations in the science world require clinical studies. Even then, adding an extra layer of taste and texture, garlic is a delicious addition to any meal! 

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Parsley

Parsley is a common garnish on dishes, a garnish that packs a health punch. Containing volatile oil components and flavonoids, parsley has shown to neutralize some types of carcinogens and contain tumor inhibiting compounds

Antioxidants, an abundant property of parsley, have shown association with decreasing depression and anxiety-like symptoms. A 2019 study stated that antioxidant capacity has an impact on oxidative stress biomarkers, such as those found in depression and anxiety. 

Chimichurri is the ultimate ‘green sauce’. Containing an aroma of herbs, garlic, and spice, chimichurri sauce is an excellent way to try parsley with your next seafood meal. Great recipes can become cherished family traditions. 

Blueberries

Flavonoids, like those found in parsley, are also an attribute of blueberries. Stress can build an inflammatory response in some people. Inflammation can be painful, stiff, and even life threatening. Lowering our stress and having healthy coping mechanisms helps combat this. 

Long-term effects of life stress and oxidative stress can cause permanent damage to humans and animals alike. Blueberries are a delicious and fun way to get your daily intake of flavonoids!

Pairing superfoods is a tasteful and adventurous way to experience meals. This grilled salmon steaks with savory blueberry sauce is the ultimate way to enjoy the health benefits of wild salmon and blueberries. 

What's Up Next!

We are no strangers to the next unique health trend, so you may be asking what makes using these five foods better than the rest? Good question. This is where our company comes in. We are a small, trusted seafood business that puts our families first. Shopping with us ensures a quality product at its absolute freshest. 

When it comes to buy seafood products, it often leave consumers wondering about its sustainability, freshness, and quality. There is no wondering here. Our family owned and operated boats take any wait time out of the calculation. From our family to yours, live your best life!


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