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Holy Mackerel—it's Good and Good for YOU -- Packed with nutrition and good taste

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When we think of fish to eat rarely does this “heavenly” fish come to mind. It has rather gone out of style. Truth be told the mackerel is one of the fish that is LOADED with the “good fats”, Omega 3 and the coenzyme Q10. It is not as trendy or pretty as many fish, but even the tinned/canned version is loaded with nutrition and has a multitude of health benefits.
Mackerel is also known as maccarello. The slim torpedo shaped fish is found in deep warm tropical waters. It is rich in essential oils, vitamins and minerals. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids occur in high quantities. It contains vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K, not to mention minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and selenium.
Anti-Carcinogenic
Mackerel can help you fight and prevent cancer by reducing the amount of agents that cause cancer in your cells, primarily in the breast, colon and prostate areas.
Coenzyme Q10 helps to eliminate cancerous agents from afflicted cells. This improves cellular health. Antioxidants reduce the risk of some cancers. Omega-3 fatty acids can help to prevent breast, prostrate, renal and colon cancers. It has also been established that marine fatty acids hinder the proliferation of breast cancer cells. Several studies have concluded that essential fatty acids reduce the risk of breast cancer. The oily fish contains good amounts of vitamins B12 and selenium, which have been found helpful in the treatment of cancer.
Immune System Support
Mackerel fortifies the immune system. It supports the functions of organs that have been weakened by sickness. Omega-3 fatty acids act as an anti-inflammatory agent. They help in the management of arthritis. They also help to lower the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Coenzyme Q10 protects cells from damage that increases the risk of cancer. It also enhances the body's capacity to fight infections. It is a great item to be included in the diet of convalescents and those undergoing various treatments.
Heart Health
Lowering triglycerides:High levels of triglycerides in the body have been linked to heart disease and stroke. The most common causes for a high triglyceride level are obesity and poorly maintained diabetes, mainly stemmed from an inactive lifestyle and a poor diet that includes a high intake of sugary foods, carbohydrates and alcohol. Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, like mackerel, have been proven to be very effective in lowering triglyceride levels.
Heart disease: Mackerel has been shown to be effective for, not only reducing the risk of heart disease, but also a deterrent for dying from heart disease due to its omega-3 fatty acids. Some researchers have found that omega-3 fatty acid is even more effective at reducing heart attacks than some commonly prescribed drugs used for lowering cholesterol.
Controls Cholesterol
Bad cholesterol particles, also known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL), are lowered by the fish oil found in mackerel, while good cholesterol particles, known as high-density lipoproteins (HDL), are increased by the fish oil found in mackerel. The fact that mackerel can help lower cholesterol levels by keeping cholesterol from being absorbed in the intestine, also allows it to help lower blood pressure.
Good For The Blood
Mackerel and other fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids are good for the blood. They help with blood circulation and lower blood pressure by allowing blood vessels to expand and be more elastic.
Arthritis
Oily fish, like mackerel, have been known to reduce the pain, stiffness and swollen joints associated with arthritis. This makes mackerel a good supplement for pain medications.
Maintain a Health Weight
There are several different ways that mackerel can help with weight loss. Studies have shown that a regular intake of fish oil from mackerel or supplements, combined with exercise, can significantly decrease body fat. Mackerel also helps regulate the body's metabolism, and it can help decrease blood sugar in overweight people.
Mental Health
Several studies have found a correlation between fish oil and a reduced risk of depression, suicide, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. Some cases even displayed an increase in brain activity and enhanced memory.


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