Nutrition

Three Nutritional Reasons You Should Add Swordfish to Your Diet

I used to work as a waiter at a restaurant that served grilled swordfish. I am most definitely not a big seafood eater despite being born and raised and still living in a beach town. In fact, though I am in excess of half a century old, I have only gotten around to enjoying the delicacy known as shrimp for about three years now. I still haven’t gotten around to trying grilled swordfish, but ever since my days as a waiter I have considered it to be the most aesthetically pleasing of all ocean food. Turns out that swordfish has some nutritional beauty going for it as well.

Phosphorous

One typical 106 gram serving of swordfish carries with the significant disadvantage of being high in cholesterol. If you can get past the high cholesterol levels, you can take full advantage of the fact that a serving of swordfish provides you with 36% of the daily recommended minimum serving of phosphorous your body needs. You may not take much time to think about phosphorous and your body’s requirement for it. It’s not like phosphorous is one of the marquee minerals like calcium. But ain’t this a kick in the head: phosphorous is right up there with calcium in terms of playing an important role in keeping your bones strong. A phosphorous deficiency can result everything from early onset of tooth decay to broken bones. Adding swordfish to your dietary menu a few times a month is a good way to ensure strong bones and teeth.

Selenium

That 106 grams of swordfish is enough to provide you with nearly 100% of the selenium your body needs daily. Selenium levels in swordfish are a tasty way to fend off the potential for developing prostate cancer. The ability of selenium to ante up the game of antioxidants in the body makes eating swordfish a particularly good means of helping your body fight off the free radicals that bring on cancer.

Niacin

Nearly two-thirds of the amount of niacin you should be getting every day can arrive fresh from the water in the form of grilled swordfish. That 12.5 milligrams of niacin in a single serving of swordfish makes the fish almost a must on the menu for anyone suffering from arthritis. The way in which niacin helps to expand the blood vessels around aching joints can go a long way in reducing the pain. A much more expansive benefit to getting enough niacin is the way in which this B-vitamin facilitates the absorption of all other vitamins and minerals in the digestive process. By ensuring that you get enough niacin, you are effective improving the efficiency with which your body utilizes everything from vitamin C to calcium.