As much as lobster is associated with a classy dinner choice or a rich, flavorful seafood indulgence, you might be surprised (or not) to know that eating lobster a bit more often can be good for your health (hint, hint...you should eat more lobster!).
Besides being extremely delicious and irresistible, there are numerous, health-enhancing benefits from lobster that you might never have been aware of. The meat of this lovely crustacean is filled with nutrients and is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals.
Reasonably priced lobster is relatively easy to access if you live on one of the coasts in North America, but if your location is elsewhere in the country, you can splurge occasionally with a surf and turf (or surf and surf!) meal that includes lobster.
Now let’s take a look at some of the benefits of eating lobster:
- It’s good for your heart: Some of the fats that are found in lobster can benefit your heart and have a big effect on preventing inflammation and atherosclerosis. Lobster is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that can actually help keep your cholesterol in balance.
- It helps reduce inflammation: There is “good” fat that’s found in lobster that can help reduce inflammation in the body. Along with the presence of omega-3 that helps maintain cholesterol balance, it also increases lipid-like prostaglandins that help protect the body and shield it from arthritic conditions while supporting the health and functioning of the cardiovascular and circulatory system.
- It’s a great energy booster: We all need protein to maintain our energy levels, to grow, and to repair our bodies when we’re injured. Lobster meat contains a high amount of the proteins we need for just that. Plus it stores unused protein for energy usage. If you can get a weekly dose of lobster in a current high-protein diet, you’ll have more energy in reserve to help you work better and play longer.
- It improves cognitive abilities: A unique number of minerals and vitamins are found in lobsters, particularly vitamin B12, which helps our nerves maintain their strength and soundness, and our nervous system to function the way it’s supposed to. Lobster also contains choline, which is connected to the production of neurotransmitters. As a water-soluble nutrient, choline is not only important to neurotransmitter production, but also in providing protection from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, which are neurodegenerative afflictions.
- It keeps bones strong: Minerals are essential to keeping bones healthy and strong, especially as we age. While it’s important to get your recommended dosage of minerals every day, a very tasty way to get them is through a lobster meal. Lobster is fairly loaded with calcium and phosphorus, minerals that are key to maintaining bone density, especially when it comes to age-related diseases.
- It keeps our internal systems rebuilding and healing: We need protein as a fundamental component of our bodies. Protein helps maintain a number of essential functions, such as the repairing of tissues that have been damaged, the building and growth of new cells, the strength of our bones, and the efficient working of our inner bodily functions. Lobster is rich in protein which helps maintain vital bodily functions.
While eating anything in moderation is good advice to follow, and as everybody’s body functions uniquely and has different needs if lobster can benefit your health and fit comfortably into your diet, then do as the saying says and get crackin’!