If you want even more reason to have the mouth-watering delicacy, sushi, with its countless health benefits, then we have good news – itsu, the healthy Asian inspired eatery, has collaborated with Nutritionist Alix Woods, to reveal the top 10 health benefits of this nutrient-packed food for the body, mind and skin. Even more reason to tuck in!

Food and Drink on Female First

Food and Drink on Female First

‘Sushi’ your way to less inflammation

Sushi, is rich in Omega3 Fish Oils, which are classed as essential fats, as the body can’t make them. They have a host of health benefits; Omega3’s reduce high cholesterol levels and studies have found they lower the risk of heart disease and overall inflammation; lowering blood pressure, triglycerides and maintaining heart rhythm. In short, these oils keep all systems ‘well oiled!’

Cut cravings

As you may already know, fish, is an excellent source of protein that balances blood sugar and keeps energy levels stable. This leads to longer spells of satiety, enhanced metabolism and less snacking (between meals), encouraging steady and safe weight loss.

For weight loss, it may also be dependent on the type of sushi chosen. Choose the ‘fishier’ choices with vegetables like Salmon or Tuna Sashimi with Seaweed Salad, or Miso soup with Sashimi, or a Veggie roll. For a delicious vegetarian option go for itsu’s Veggie Dragon Roll (£3.49, www.itsu.com) or satisfy your stomach with itsu’s Salmon Threesome (£2.19, www.itsu.com).

Food for your brain

The fish in sushi is the number one brain food! The essential fats, or Omega 3 fatty acids, nourish and repair brain cells. As fish is also rich in protein and essential fats, it helps focus the mind, increase concentration and maintain energy, making sushi a perfect lunchtime option during your working day!

Stabilise your mood

By regularly eating sushi, the fish oils may help with more serious conditions like psychosis and bipolar disorders. Fish is also high in Vitamin B12, which keeps the brain ‘happy’ and staves off bouts of depression, anxiety and brain fog.

Prevent wrinkles

Sushi is a prolific source of antioxidants, which slows down cell damage, prevents permanent oxidative damage to the skin and slows down overall ageing. These antioxidants preserve the cell structure of the skin, help keep cells younger both externally and internally and are an integral essential to all anti-aging diets!

Give your bones a boost

Fish is also an exceptional source of calcium and it is the primary mineral for bone health. Eating sushi regularly may help to keep joints healthy and stave off more serious conditions like osteoporosis. Calcium also forms the essential ‘building blocks’ for healthy hair and nails.

Forgo forgetfulness

The high content of Omega 3 essential fats of the fish in sushi, helps with memory and can also help with cognitive function. Therefore, eating regular sushi meals is beneficial for all ages in order to help protect the brain and maintain healthy cognition function.

Speed up muscle repair

Sushi is also an excellent source of protein and if exercising regularly, it may aid muscle repair and recovery. For maximum benefit have sushi at least twice or three times a week.

Increase your immunity

Sushi is also packed with other essential co factor minerals, which play an important role in energy production and immunity. These minerals are Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous and Iron. Vitamin A, Carotene, Vitamin A and Retinol are plentiful too. Vitamin A and C are more prevalent in vegetarian sushi.

Opt out of obesity

Sea vegetables like Kombu, Nori and Wakame, which are found in sushi, are high in iodine. Iodine helps in the prevention of hypothyroidism or low thyroid function, which if uncontrolled may lead to obesity and lethargy.

Alix Woods recommends itsu’s large Super Salmon 3 Ways dish (£7.99, Available nationwide)

For a nutritious option packed with Nori try itsu’s Avo Baby Rolls (£3.99, www.itsu.com) or itsu’s Salmon and Avocado Rolls (£3.99, www.itsu.com).

This meal, offers a good variety of salmon sushi, salmon and avocado maki and salmon sashimi. It is extremely rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids and protein and would make an ideal sharing platter for two or three people. The avocado content provides some helpful fat content, which can help to keep bad cholesterol in check. Avocados also have bountiful vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like lutein that help to protect eyes, making it another excellent ingredient to make sushi even healthier!

Salt is within healthy limits at 2.11 g, below the daily recommended allowance of 6g. The proportion of saturated fats to total fats is healthy, especially if eaten as a sharing platter. It contains some fibre, which is essential for feeding the ‘microbiome’ and maintaining digestive function and health.

I am also pleased to say it contains good doses of ‘nature’s tranquilliser’ mineral, magnesium, making it helpful in providing energy as well ‘relaxation’!