by Andy Diamond
When it comes to eating crustaceans, one of the most popular is lobster. They are seen as a delicacy and are considered a luxury food all over the world. They pack a punch of nutrients and are very healthy, as long as you hold back on the melted butter. Lobsters can be boiled or steamed and enjoyed as a main course, appetizer, in a sandwich or added to dishes like pasta or mashed potatoes.
There are more to these popular crustaceans than buttery meat and luxurious meals. Lobsters are incredibly beneficial to overall health – quite a bit more than people may realize! Some of the benefits include building strong bones, boosting brain function, decreasing inflammation and protecting heart health. Below are a few of the impressive health perks that come with indulging in lobster.
1. Mental health.
Lobsters have a great amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease aggression, impulsiveness and depression in adults, according to the National Institute on Alcohol and Abuse and Alcoholism. Also, they are a great source of selenium, which increases general well-being and overall mood, and choline, which increases the production of neurotransmitters that aids brain function and efficiency.
2. Heart health.
Although lobsters have a high amount of sodium, other benefits include preventing inflammation and atherosclerosis. The high concentration of omega-3s and omega-6s can help balance cholesterol, in moderation.
3. Energy booster.
One of the best things about this crustacean is the high content of protein. An essential part of any diet is protein intake because it gives energy boosts, which in return can increase work and productivity.
4. Reduces inflammation.
The protein and “good” fat content in lobsters could decrease inflammation. The omega-3 fatty acids assist in stabilizing cholesterol and increase the production of prostaglandins that protect the body, which is important for everything from arthritis to cardiovascular and circulatory health.
5. Strong bones.
Milk isn’t the only thing that helps grow strong and durable bones. Lobsters do, too! Not only is it one of the most delicious foods in the world, it’s also one of the densest when it comes to calcium and phosphorus. These minerals are required to increase bone density that helps to prevent osteoporosis and other age-related conditions linked to frail bones.
Andy Diamond is the President and CFO of Angry Crab Shack, Cajun seafood restaurant specializing in boiled shellfish flavored in signature sauces.