Numerous studies have shown that eating seafood is good for human health, but Professor Baukje de Roos, deputy director of the Rowett Institute at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen and an internationally recognized nutrition scientist, believes that shellfish are some of the most important contributors of essential nutrients and should be given a great place in the diet. Professor de Roos reminded her audience that omega-3 fatty acids help to protect against stroke and lower the risk of mortality from coronary heart disease, while vitamin D is essential for the growth and maintenance of healthy bones; and vitamin B12 is involved in the functioning of the nervous system, the formation of red blood cells, and in energy production.

She outlined a study recently undertaken to establish the number of mussel meals needed per week in order to produce a physiologically meaningful change in nutrient status. Eating three 85-gram portions per week for 12 weeks was found to be the most beneficial for health, raising omega-3 index levels to those similar to a group eating salmon regularly. It also increased folate levels.

We insist everybody to follow these recommendations and eat seafood!

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