I​t's easy to miss out fish from your diet, considering how cheap chicken and red meat has become. But there are many reasons why these creatures of the sea should frequently feature in your lunches and dinners, and here are a few.

T​he nutrients

F​ish is full of all the good stuff, especially Vitamin D. We're pretty much all lacking in some of the best nutrients so injecting fish into your diet could give your body the goodness it needs.

F​atty fish (like salmon, trout, sardines, tuna, and mackerel) are good for omega-3 acids which are linked with stronger brain function and disease resistance.

It can help with depression

S​tudies have shown that by eating fish, you're much less likely to suffer from depression. Being one of the world's largest health issues, tackling depression is a battle that could benefit from a change of diet.

O​mega-3 is also known to increase the effectiveness of antidepressants, as well as aiding other mental conditions like bipolar disorder.

I​t can help you sleep better

E​xposure to blue light from computer and phone screens has increased sleep deprivation across the globe, and a lack of Vitamin D only makes things worse.

E​ating fish could therefore counteract our exposure to sleep-depriving light and in-turn could improve your functionality during the day thanks to many more fish-obtained winks.

I​t's ridiculously easy to prepare

I​'m the worst chef in the world – boiling some pasta and warming up a garlic ciabatta is as far as I'll go these days. But even I can throw some battered or breadcrumbed fish in the oven with sweet potato fries.

Y​ou feel better after eating it compared to any red meat or chicken, and the health benefits blow most other options out of the water. Maybe avoid a heavily battered Glaswegian fish supper, but otherwise, you can't lose with a slab of haddock, cod or salmon.

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