10 Unexpected Health Benefits of Sushi

By Liv, DMT Collaborator on 10th December 2021 in Blog

We all know sushi is yummy, fresh, and surprisingly filling. But have you heard about sushi’s lesser-known health benefits?

1. Brain Food 🧠

The fish in sushi contains high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. These are essential for cognitive function and help boost memory, concentration and energy. If you have a big exam coming up or are trying to learn something new, sushi could be the key!

The World Health Organisation recommends eating 1-2 portions of oily fish a week for its Omega 3 fatty acid content. Sushi is a delicious way to reach these targets.

2. Mood Boost 🥰

The combination of Omega 3 and the proteins and other essential fats in fish nourish general mind health. Fish like tuna and salmon are also high in Vitamin B12, which can stave off bouts of low mood, depression, anxiety and fatigue.

Avocado maki is a great vegan and vegetarian option, packed with vitamins.

3. Anti-ageing 🧖‍♀️

Sushi and the condiments that are traditionally served alongside it contain a whole host of anti-oxidants. Health benefits associated with these include anti-ageing and a possible decrease in the likelihood of developing some forms of cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

Anti-oxidants work by preventing free radicals, a product of oxygen metabolism, from damaging cell membranes. This can help slow down the process of ageing both inside and out, keeping the body healthier and wrinkle-free for longer!

Green wasabi, pickled ginger and sushi itself are rich sources of antioxidants.

 

4. Weight Management 🍣

Eating out or getting a takeaway is often an indulgent treat, usually involving oily and salty food like burgers or pizzas. These are high in saturated fats and not particularly nutritionally balanced, plus, they can leave you feeling bloated. Sushi, on the other hand, is the perfect way to treat your tastebuds and your body at the same time!

Sushi is full of protein, vitamins, and the aforementioned Omega 3 and anti-oxidants. This makes it a healthy option for your heart and weight. Fish itself is a good clean protein source. It helps to balance blood sugar, stabilising energy levels and keeping you fuller for longer, which means fewer urges to snack and cravings for a quick sugar hit.

All these health benefits are just another reason to treat yourself to some freshly-made sushi!

5. Bone Health 🦴

We all know calcium is essential to healthy bone growth, maintenance and repair. Most people think of milk and other dairy products when they’re in search of a calcium boost. However, sushi is a lesser-known source.

Incorporating sushi into your diet regularly may aid in joint health and prevent more serious conditions, like osteoporosis, from developing. Plus, the calcium found in sushi’s fish also forms a building block for healthy nails, teeth and hair, keeping you looking and feeling your best.

 

6. Muscle Repair 💪

If you’re looking to build muscle strength and tone, both in and out of the gym, sushi is a great choice. As already mentioned, fish is an excellent clean source of protein. Salmon, tuna and swordfish are all great low-cholesterol alternatives to red meat protein sources. 

Doctors recommend incorporating oily fish into your diet at least twice a week for its healthy protein content! Whether you’re a gym buff or a gentle exerciser, dietary protein is essential for maintaining muscle strength.

Fresh is best 😋

7. Immunity 🤧

Immunity is at the top of people’s minds these days, especially in the winter months. The good news is, delicious sushi is packed with essential minerals and vitamins to keep yours in check! 

Zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and retinol all contribute to healthy immune function and energy production and are common in sushi, especially vegetarian dishes, which contain vegetables including cucumber, sweet potato and avocado.

 

8. Thyroid Health 🩺

The seaweed varieties found in sushi, like kombu, nori and wakame are high in iodine. When included in your diet, iodine helps in the regulation of thyroid function.

If uncontrolled, hypothyroidism or a low functioning thyroid can lead to low energy levels and unhealthy weight gain.

 

exciting sushi dishes arranged attractively on a countertop

Come and enjoy a nutritious and delicious treat at Intoku! 😀

9. Gut Health 🍽

Gut health is a concern for many people these days. Intolerances, sensitivities, and rich diets can all cause discomfort after eating.

Luckily, the fatty acids from fish, alongside fibre from rice and vegetables, make sushi a gut-friendly meal choice.

You could even add miso soup to your sushi meal to maximise its gut health benefits. The soup is made from fermented soy bean paste, which is renowned for its probiotic properties.

 

10. Your Smile! 😀

And finally, sushi spreads love & joy! 

As we all know, a happy mind is the first step to a healthy body! Enjoying your favourite foods is the perfect way to inject fun into the cold, dark winter nights.

 

Book your table at Intoku Windsor or Chelsea to experience a nutritionally rich and delicious sushi feast! Or, check out our menu and order online for local delivery in the Windsor and Kensington and Chelsea areas.

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