It’s known that adding seafood to your diet is one of the best choices you can make to improve the health of your body. Probably you hear this kind of thing all the time, but have you ever actually wondered why seafood such as salmon and shrimp is so healthy for you? Well, the answer actually lies in the pink color of fresh seafood, which comes from astaxanthin. Keep reading to find out more!
What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is a type of red carotenoid pigment found in some sea plants and animals. It is full of antioxidants that help in boosting your immune system. Also, it helps your body fight everyday stress and environmental toxins that constantly surround you.
Astaxanthin has many potentially beneficial values that are crucial for your overall health and wellbeing. For example, adding foods rich in this powerful pigment can improve the health of your nerves, eyes, muscles and your skin. Also, your gastric function and your reproductive system will get significant support after adding seafood to your diet.
If you have problems with athletic endurance or suffered a physical injury, astaxanthin may help in the recovery process as well. Basically, there is no part of the body that doesn’t need some extra natural support, and this antioxidant-rich pigment is doing exactly what is needed.
Astaxanthin is mainly found in seafood such as shrimp, crab, lobster, krill, and crawfish, as well as in fish with pink flesh, such as salmon or trout. Implementing some tasty shrimp recipes in your diet is the best thing you can do for the health of all your family.
It’s not a difficult task, and it doesn’t require much time. In fact, cooking shrimp is fun, easy and can be done as a family activity as well. Here’s a delicious garlic shrimp recipe that you can prepare for the next lunch!
Garlic Shrimp Recipe
- 3-4 tablespoons of butter
- 10 cloves of fresh garlic
- 6 pounds of fresh shrimps, peeled and deveined
- Juice of 1 or 2 lemons, to taste
- 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper
- Melt the butter in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Add garlic after the butter is melted, stir and cook for about a minute.
- Add shrimp, and stir until they become pink. Then add the lemon juice, salt, pepper and in the end add the fresh-chopped parsley leaves.
- Stir all the ingredients gently for 6-7 minutes.
- Serve the food while it’s warm and enjoy your meal!
This recipe is easy to make, tasty and healthy. If you are on diet, replace the butter with olive oil. Let us know how you like this recipe in the comments below!
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