Shrimps are the tiny crustaceans that are loved by people across the globe. These delicious marine creatures are enjoyed by people in many different forms. Apart from making your taste buds happy, shrimps offer various health benefits that are significantly beneficial for us to stay healthy. Read on to know more about the ways in which shrimps benefit us.
Majority of the shrimps are relished for their delicious meat that primarily comes from the tail of the shrimp. These small crustaceans are nutritionally very rich and contain about one calorie for each gram of shrimp. Don’t be fooled by their tiny curvy package as these are loaded with proteins, little amounts of water, and zero carbs. In each serving of shrimps, you will enjoy benefits of practically all essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin E, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iodine, and sodium. Phew!!
Shrimps contain no carbs and thus may assist in weight loss. The high levels of zinc found in shrimp are also beneficial to control the problem of over eating and persistent food craving in many individuals. This control is a result of an increased level of leptin hormone. Shrimps also control the body weight as the iodine in it interacts with the thyroid gland and prevents additional weight gain. It contains a large amount of carotenoids ‘astaxanthin’ that is a powerful antioxidant against skin damage caused by harmful sunlight and UVA. Studies have found that astaxanthin is beneficial against eye fatigue and the heparin like compound found in shrimp may help in treating neovascular AMD. The long list of minerals found in shrimp, about which we discussed before, is also beneficial to keep your hair healthy. The zinc present in this marine creature maintains and creates new skin and hair cells. The fermented shrimp paste has a fibrinolytic enzyme that may be used for the thrombolytic therapy or for breaking the dangerous blood clots in blood vessels. Shrimp is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the incidence of heart attack and stroke. Bone protective minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium found in shrimps maintain the quality, strength, and overall mass of bones. High levels of iron found in shrimps are beneficial for brain health and maintain the memory, concentration, and comprehension power of the brain. The carotenoids and selenium present in shrimps are also beneficial to reduce the risk of developing various types of cancer. The omega-3 fatty acids present in shrimps have a beneficial effect against menstrual cramps in women by promoting blood flow to the reproductive organs.