Mackerel, also known as maccarello or lacento, is a slim and cylindrical shaped oily fish with a forked tail. It is found in Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. It swims swiftly and lives in other deep waters also.
There are different varieties like horse mackerel, Wahoo, King mackerel, Cero or painted mackerel, Atlantic mackerel, and blue or chub mackerel. Mackerel contains red color outer meat and light color inner meat. Fresh mackerel is sold in the souk as a whole, as fillets, and as steaks.
It is believed to be 1,500 times better for its nutritional value than having medicines.
Here I write 30 benefits of mackerel for your enjoyable reading.
1. Fresh mackerel and canned mackerel are found throughout the year.
2. Mackerel cooks fast and easily. Marinating it in the refrigerator increases its flavor and taste.
3. Fresh mackerel can be easily frozen easily for two months and in deep freeze for up to four months.
4. Mackerel can be baked, broiled, pan fried, poached, and grilled.
5. Mackerel is one of the most nutritional fish to eat. It is an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy oils.
6. Mackerel does not have carbohydrates.
7. Mackerel contains 1.316 grams of Omega 3 fatty acids per 100g.
8. Mackerel is known to make a personís blood fresh by working as a blood purifier and thinner.
9. Mackerel is comparatively inexpensive to buy.
10. Mackerel can be used along with other combinations to add to its taste. One such combination is flaked smoked mackerel, apple and chive pate.
11. Mackerel provides better functioning of the heart, thus preventing cardiovascular disease.
12. Mackerel strengthens the immune system and provides support to the organsí functioning which has become weak due to illness.
13. Mackerel improves brain activity and increases the memory capability.
14. Mackerel works in reducing the LDL and helps in lowering the blood pressure.
15. Mackerel is helpful in bringing relief during pain in arthosis, arthritis, and Migraine.
16. Mackerel works in regulating the hormone level and in bringing elasticity to the capillaries and blood vessels.
17. Mackerel helps in eliminating cancer causing agents in cells.
18. Mackerel is rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, D, E, and K.
19. Mackerel provides vitamin D which works as anti oxidant and slows the aging process.
20. Mackerel has vitamin E, which prevents sterility.
21. Mackerel contains vitamin K promotes osteotrophic processes and slows osteoclastic processes via calcium bonding.
22. Mackerel meat has some key minerals like Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, and Sodium. These are much needed for the bodyís health.
23. Mackerel, because of its nutritional value has given many around the world a good source of livelihood.
24. Mackerel has Pantothenic acid, which is helpful in treating osteoarthritis, asthma, and Parkinsonís disease.
25. Mackerel in its raw portion of about 112g has about 72.8mg of Choline.
26. Mackerel is a good source of health for the middle-aged and older men, and post menopausal women.
27. Mackerel is known for its fighting ability and so is used in recreational fishery.
28. Mackerelís Omega 3 acids are essential as they provide support towards the brain development during pregnancy and in infancy. Research has shown the high level of scoring in IQ test in children.
29. Mackerel meat contains poly unsaturated Omega 3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which provide brain food, thus reducing the risk of Alzheimerís disease, dementia and from natural aging of the brain.
30. Mackerel meat also works positively on the high blood pressure resulting in lower it.
It is good to avoid taking too much mackerel especially by pregnant women and nursing mothers, because of higher methyl mercury level presence.
On an average, taking mackerel thrice a week is advised for a healthy body. With such a rich source of nutrition I am sure you would like to make eating mackerel a part of your regular diet. This fish does not need much time for cleaning and can give some breathtaking superb tastes when cooked with white wine vinegar and pink peppercorns.
Let us thank the Almighty for such a hallowed creation for the benefit of mankind. I am sure you enjoyed reading this article. Hope you can now begin tasting mackerel and also promote to family and friends who will surely benefit.
About the author: Emerson Noble Scott is a graduate in Science and in Theology. He is an educationist, counselor, writer, and social worker. He also enjoys photography, bird watching, cycling, traveling, gardening, playing games (indoor and outdoor), listening to people and making friends. A family oriented person, practices contemplation, believes in being creative and takes life as a gift from Almighty.