7 Health Benefits of Anchovies
Last updated on August 12, 2012
Anchovies may be an acquired taste, but there are many reasons to eat these small fish. They usually come canned and/or smoked and are commonly used on pizza, in tomato sauce, and in Caesar salad dressing.
Here are 7 health benefit of anchovies.
Because anchovies are a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, they are beneficial for heart health. Eating anchovies can reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood and reduce the risk of serious cardiovascular problems.
The protein in anchovies is essential for cellular and connective tissue repair and growth.
The essential fatty acids in anchovies, along with vitamin E and selenium, promote healthy skin. Eating anchovies on a regular basis may help you to maintain a clear complexion and prevent breakouts and wrinkles.
Strong Teeth and Bones
Anchovies provide you with a good source of calcium, which helps to maintain healthy teeth and bones. They also contain vitamin A, another nutrient that promotes healthy bones.
Another benefit to the vitamin A in anchovies is that it helps to maintin good vision and may prevent age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Anchovies are low in calories and they provide protein, which may promote weight loss.
Seafood often contains unhealthy levels of mercury and other environmental toxins. Anchovies are a better option because smaller fish contain fewer toxins thanks to their shorter life cycle.