Diet is known to be a major determinant of skeletal health. While milk and other dairy products have traditionally been claimed to build strong bones, more recent research points to both seafood and fruit as having a significant impact on bone health. Calcium is a critical bone-building nutrient found in seafood. Used by almost every cell in the body, if we do not consume enough calcium, our bodies take it from our bones, where it is stored.
- The USDA’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and supporting USDA MyPlate food group targets recommend that Americans eat two servings of seafood per week, which translates to at least 8 ounces of fish per week. Fish especially rich in healthy DHA fats—such as salmon, trout and mackerel—have been shown to correspond to higher levels of bone mineral density in men, and especially in women.
- The natural omega-3 in seafood enhances the effects of vitamin D, an essential vitamin which boosts calcium absorption in the body. We take in vitamin D not only through food, but through exposure to sunlight. Seafood is therefore of special importance in the winter months when the days are shorter.
- Preventing tooth decay is dependent on the regular intake of vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and other minerals. These are all readily found in seafood.
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