Shrimp Health Benefits And Nutrition Facts

Shrimp Health Benefits:
Antioxidants | Brain and neurological functioning | Heart Diseases | inflammation | Cancer | Obesity | Macular Degeneration | Anti-aging | Bones | Women Health | 
Shrimp Nutrition Facts:
Serving size: 100 g.

Nutrients Amount
Water 78.45 g
Energy 85 kcal
Protein 20.1 g
Total lipid (fat) 0.51 g
Calcium, Ca 64 mg
Iron, Fe 0.52 mg
Magnesium, Mg 35 mg
Phosphorus, P 214 mg
Potassium, K 264 mg
Sodium, Na 119 mg
Zinc, Zn 1.34 mg
Fatty acids, total saturated 0.101 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.086 g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.152 g
Fatty acids, total trans 0.004 g
Cholesterol 161 mg

Source: USDA National Nutrient database 28.

Shrimp Health Benefits:
Shrimps contain some unique antioxidant compounds like xanthophyll carotenoid called astaxanthin, and the minerals copper and selenium. Astaxanthin decreases the risk of several diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases. Moreover, the selenium present in the shrimp helps in the enzymatic activity of the enzyme, glutathione peroxidase, which prevents the damage to the cells caused by free oxygen radicals. Copper also promotes the activity of enzymes that prevent oxidative stress.

Shrimps are a good source of Vitamin D and zinc, which help in weight loss. Zinc increases the level of leptin hormone, which is responsible for controlling the energy levels in the body and also regulates fat storage and appetite of the body. Increased leptin levels decrease overeating, and craving for food.

The astaxanthin present in shrimps is known to improve the memory, and improves the development of brain cells, thus decreasing many inflammatory brain diseases. Also, high levels of iron in the shrimps improves the oxygen content in the blood, thus providing high amounts of oxygen to the brain, which can improve comprehension, concentration, and memory.