Something that you probably would raise an eyebrow after hearing is the fact that you can get glowing skin in just three days from consuming sardines. As odd as that might sound, (no we didn’t make a mistake here), it is true and who would have thought that these little fishes squished into tins have all that we need to get better skin. Because of how they can be a valuable part of an anti-inflammatory diet, you can be sure of the many improvements that you would see on your skin. What we know is that these slimy fishes have way more omega-3 than most other fishes renowned for their omega-3 content like salmon. On top of that, they also contain a lot of vitamin B-12, protein, calcium and iron for you to get the most for your flawless skin.
Perhaps the one thing that is stopping more people from sweeping tins of sardines off the supermarket rack for beautiful skin, it is because of its taste. Some of us would just downright reject sardines because of how they taste; the sliminess or even fishiness might get to some of us. But because of how they can be cooked in a variety of ways, you do not have to worry as much about it. Back when I was in preschool, sardines was a staple in our lunch menu because of how much nutrients that these little fishes packed. While they are not the most enjoyable part of lunch, the cooks in our cafeteria have made it that much that extra bit of effort to make it appealing by slathering it in a palatable coat of tomato sauce. So don’t worry about the taste and read on about how sardines can be used for the betterment of your skin health.
What Are Sardines?
Unless you are living under a rock, you must have encountered sardines in the past. These little fishes are also known as pilchards in other parts of the world and are most commonly encountered as canned sardines. These fishes swim freely into the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean sea before they become food for our skin. Did you know that even though sardines is known as a species, there are 21 different types of fish that are considered as sardines?
Why sardines have leapt right to the top in popularity is due to the fact that they are a wonderful source of nutrients. From vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D and even the fatty acids in them are found to promote overall health. What makes canned sardines a much better option as compared to other fish is the fact that they can be stored in your kitchen for much longer without running the risk of them turning bad within a week.
Benefits of Sardines
Because of the existence of these nutrients in fishes, sardines are great for our overall health. Read on to uncover the many benefits that it could bring.
Say No To Heart Disease
A very real threat is the rise of heart disease that most Singaporeans face. This could be due to the unhealthy lifestyles that we have accidentally adopted over the years. Thankfully, sardines have a load of omega-3 fatty acids that are great for preventing heart disease. Due to the omega-3 fatty acids like EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in sardines, the LDL cholesterol in our body and the plaque in our arteries would be broken down and help us manage our blood pressure better.
Because of all the healthy fats found in sardines, our skin would benefit greatly. These fats actually play a vital role at the cellular level in our skin cells and decrease skin inflammation to gift us a healthy glow each day of the year. It is also the selenium antioxidant in sardines that helps us keep healthy skin. The selenium actually helps to neutralise the damage that free radicals can do to our cells and prevent any damage from being inflicted onto our organs as well.
Strong As Steel Bones
Sardines are an excellent place to get your calcium on and the regular intake of calcium does wonders in strengthening our bones. When we mix that up with exercise, we would be able to strengthen our bones and other calcium-related diseases like osteoporosis would not affect us in the slightest even when we age.
Knocks Diabetes Out
If insulin resistance is found to be in our body, the likelihood of the insulin produced by our body being utilised less efficiently is much higher. This actually results in there being more glucose in our blood than usual and that is a red flag since a higher blood sugar level might slow down certain bodily processes. When you have a higher level of blood sugar, your blood vessels actually harden in a process called atherosclerosis and the ability of your cells to make insulin is lower. Sardines offer you a way out from this by reducing the insulin resistance in your body and this would help you steer clear from the effects of diabetes.