Sushi is one of those foods that represent the culture and habits of Japan. Besides being a mouth-watering delicacy, there are countless health benefits that it beholds. Basically, sushi is the Japanese preparation of vinegared or sushi rice. Cooked or raw fish of different types and pickled or unpickled vegetable veggies are covered in sushi rice, which is then wrapped around in nori (seaweed) sheets that are generally blackish green in color.
It is the ingredients of sushi that brings about the health benefits of this exotic dish. This piece of the article discusses the various health benefits of sushi dishes.
Sushi is prepared in a variety but includes seafood in one or the other form. Seafood content, in the form of fish or nori (seaweed), makes this delicacy rich in omega 3 fatty acids. According to research, these fatty acids benefits in various neurological and psychiatric disorders in a human. Moreover, the neuroprotective properties of omega 3 fatty acids tend to cure many neurodegenerative conditions.
The seafood content, especially the fish in various kinds of sushi has been found to be great in maintaining cardiovascular health. This is also because of the omega 3 in fish like mackerel, salmon, sardines, etc. These lower the cholesterol, prevent the rising of blood pressure as well as harden the artery walls. Hence it lowers the risk of getting different heart issues.
Prevention of Disease
The entire sushi dish is centered in sushi rice or vinegared rice, which helps in warding off many infectious diseases. The antibacterial properties of vinegar take charge here. The vinegar of the sushi rice kills various bacteria like E. coli, Typhimurium and Salmonella, all of which cause intestinal diseases. The soy sauce also kills colon bacillus that also leads to various infections.
The seafood in the form of fish and nori is also rich in iron, which is one of the important nutrients that regulate body temperature. Iron helps the oxygen to reach the muscles and brain cells and promotes the efficient use of energy.
Maintains Hormonal Balance
The nori (seaweed) sheet that wraps sushi is a rich source of iodine, a nutrient that’s has enormous benefits for our body. It is one of the essential nutrients that control as well as regulates our endocrine system, especially the thyroid gland. Accurate level of iodine can maintain a proper hormonal balance.
The condiments that accompany sushi also help in promoting our health. Most commonly wasabi and ginger are served along with sushi. Both of these have anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties because of the antioxidants these contain. The free radicals are neutralized by the antioxidants before they convert healthy cells into cancerous cells. Some of the fish variety in sushi, if found to contain selenium, which has shown anti-cancerous properties. The phytonutrients of nori also include antioxidants that help to prevent cancer.