Health Benefits of Eating Shrimp

Shrimp is not just a very tasty food but also a very nutritious one. It is packed full of vitamins and minerals plus it is very low in fat, making it perfect for your diet.

Often times, shrimp have a bad rap because of its cholesterol content but according to the U.S Department of Agriculture that shrimp is very low in any fat that it will have no effect on your cholesterol levels.

Basically, the body produces all three kinds of cholesterol such as LDL (Low-density lipoprotein), HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides in response to what you eat. 

The shrimp itself does not contribute to high cholesterol rather it is the way this seafood is cooked and what it is cooked with. Some common recipes that add a lot of fat and carbohydrates to your diet are shrimp in pasta, buttered shrimp, and sugar-glazed shrimps.

Boost Your Immune System

A regular consumption of shrimp can boost your immune system. Shrimp is loaded with Vitamin B12, iron, phosphorous, niacin, and zinc, which are all needed to strengthen the immune system. Zinc is commonly added to many over-the-counter drugs for colds because it helps regulate the immune system by sustaining a sufficient supply of white blood cells to respond to pathogens. Niacin supports the adrenal gland in producing steroid hormones that regulate immune response and helps metabolize glucose. It is also responsible in producing steroid hormone glucocorticoid that assists the breakdown and usage of carbohydrates. Phosphorus is an important mineral that help balance and use other vitamins and minerals in the body. Vitamin B12 and iron are involves in many bodily functions especially in the red blood cell production, nervous system function, sperm production, normal growth and proper function of the immune system.

Aids in Weight Loss

For those who want to shed off pounds, shrimp should be included in your diet. Shrimp contains iodine which is important for the thyroid gland to produce the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones help the proper functioning of the thyroid gland by stimulating every tissue in the body to produce protein and increase the amount of oxygen used by the cells. The thyroid gland aids in regulating the body’s metabolism and controls the basal metabolic rate (BMR). An insufficient amount of iodine in the body could lead to a sluggish thyroid activity thus lead to weight gain or delay weight loss. Most seafood contains iodine but shrimp has the highest rate of iodine because they easily absorb the iodine naturally present in seawater. In fact, a 3 ounces serving of shrimp contains an average of 25 mcg of iodine.

Promotes Healthy Skin

Astaxanthin is found in shrimp and acts as an antioxidant that helps fight the signs of aging and support the growth of healthy hair. Zinc also plays an important role in the production of new cells including skin and hair cells. It controls the oil-secreting glands on the scalp that keep hair shiny and prevent hair loss.

Santidra Jackson

Santidra Jackson

Santidra Jackson has been a health and fitness writer since 2006. Santidra Jackson is a huge advocate of healthy living and when she's not writing for her health blog, you will probably find her at the gym!
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