More Sri Lankan’s are rejecting a meaty diet (waving a sad goodbye to deviled beef and chicken) and looking for alternative sources of protein that are healthier. Seafood is ideal of this, and hailing from an island nation there is no shortage of fresh seafood to be found!

Seafood doesn’t just mean fish curry – there is a much greater variety. Fish alone has dozens of types from the delicious pink salmon to the chewy tuna. Prawns are great steamed or grilled and crab meat can be mixed into just about anything (my person favorite is rice, but it’s amazing as a soup base too). Squid is delicious and goes well with many vegetables, and if you are feeling fancy then oysters are available too. Steam, grill, bake, roast – the possibilities are endless!

Here are some of the amazing health benefits from eating seafood:

Provides essential nutrients:

Though the specifics depend upon which type seafood you consume, seafood is known for being a natural source of vitamins and minerals. B-complex vitamins, vitamin D and vitamin B. These perform many different functions, influencing energy production, metabolism, concentration, and even beauty!

Good for your joints:

Eating seafood on a regular basis has been proven to ease the symptoms of arthritis. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can ease tender joints and reduce morning stiffness.

Maintains eyesight:

Fish and shellfish can boost your night vision. Eating oil-rich fish regularly can help to keep the eyes bright and healthy.

Good skin:

Eating seafood helps preserve moisture in the skin. Your skin’s natural glow is affected more from what you eat than what you apply directly to it. The omega-3 fatty acids in seafood protect the skin against UV rays from the sun and recent research has found limited findings suggesting fish oil can help reduce the prevalence of acne.

Fights against depression:

Recent research has shown an association between the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and risk of depression ad has found that consuming omega-3 fatty acids can not only decrease the risk of depression but has the potential to treat depression as well. Consuming more seafood can help you have a better, more positive outlook on life.