Here at Najma, several of our halal chilled food products contain chicken. Often considered one of the healthiest meats available, chicken offers an array of benefits, leading to it being a staple in many people’s diets.
It’s delicious and nutritious, so here are a few of the great benefits of eating more chicken.
It Builds Muscles
Chicken is absolutely packed with protein, to the point where it may be the most protein-heavy meat. As any bodybuilders will tell you, protein is vital for building muscles and ensuring they maintain their strength. On average, a 100g portion of chicken contains about 30g of protein.
Better yet, because chicken is a lean meat, you’ll build your muscles without putting on weight. In fact, incorporating chicken into a healthy diet can help you to lose weight.
It Boosts Your Mood
Both chicken and turkey contain an interesting amino acid, which scientists have linked to boosts in your mood. Named tryptophan, this amino acid is likely responsible for that warm, fuzzy feeling you enjoy after eating a bowl of chicken soup or enjoying a nice chicken dinner.
On top of that, chicken also increases your brain’s serotonin levels upon consumption, which directly combats stress, and can also help you to enjoy healthier sleep.
Finally, chicken also contains plenty of Vitamin B5, which has also been linked to stress reduction. Incidentally, Vitamin B5 can also boost your body’s energy levels, as it stimulates an array of internal chemical reactions.
It Makes Your Bones Healthier
In addition to tryptophan and protein, chicken contains bone-building minerals, including calcium and phosphorous. These minerals strengthen your bones, reducing the risk of breaks and sprains in the process. Phosphorous also gives you healthier teeth, and has been linked to better kidney and liver health too.
It also contains a mineral called selenium, which scientists believe can combat the causes of arthritis. Of course, the protein in chicken also helps, and may prove vital in preventing bone degeneration as you age.
It Makes Your Heart Healthier
We’re back to the amino acids again, only this time we’re looking at an acid that chicken controls.
Homocysteine is an amino acid that scientists have linked to various heart conditions and cardiac diseases when too much is present in your body. Luckily, chicken acts as a suppressant for this amino acid, ensuring its levels don’t build high enough to put your body at risk.
It Boosts Immunity
Whenever you get a cold, one of the first things that people recommend as a home remedy is chicken soup. This isn’t just an old wives’ tale though, as chicken soup combats colds I several ways.
The hot steam that comes from the soup clears out your throat and nasal passages, while the thickness of the soup creates a sort of coating around your respiratory linings, which combats infections.
It’s Rich in Zinc
Chicken also contains quite a lot of zinc, which is good news for men. Zinc regulates your testosterone levels, ensuring you produce healthy sperm and have the energy you need for your day’s activities.
Zinc also boosts your immune system, and keeps your skin healthy.