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Notorious Octopus Is Healthy to Eat!

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Octopuses are popularly known as legendary monsters in the fictional world. They have been portrayed as aggressive killers because of their complicated appearance; but there is no proof of an octopus actually causing any destruction. In the United Kingdom, the octopus has been given honorary vertebrate status, which is not afforded to any other sea animal. Hawaiian mythology cites the octopus as the last in a series of leftovers from a previous, alien and conflicted universe.


Very few sci-fi channels show all the facts and advantages of the octopus. The pigment found in an octopus’s sac helped create the first writing ink. Researchers and scientists are carefully studying the benefits of camouflage and self-defence mechanisms of octopuses which could help make fresh and improved camouflage strategies for military applications or to mislead predators.

Octopuses have many health benefits and healing characteristics as a food. A cooked octopus contains approximately 139 calories per three ounce portion, and is a rich source of vitamin B3, B12, potassium and selenium. The human body needs proteins to stay healthy; proteins help the skin, muscles, hair and nails to remain in good shape. Large amount of proteins are gained from sea food and that includes the octopus.

The octopus as a food is a remedy to fight diseases like asthma, atherosclerosis, bronchitis, cardiac arrhythmia, dysmenorrhoea, eczema, macular degeneration, pancreatic insufficiency, rickets and many other diseases. Octopus is an excellent source of taurine (a sulphurous amino acid) that helps reduce cholesterol from blood vessels therefore preventing formation of blood clots in the body. It helps fight vitamin A deficiency and further reduces the chances of night blindness. It is a rich source of zinc that helps fight harmful metals and minerals present in the body which are consumed along with the food we eat.

Weight loss

Here is a good news for meat-eating people who are health conscious and who limit their calorie intake to stay fit! Octopus is low in saturated fat. It is an excellent food for diet with low level of fats and high level of beneficial nutrients. Eating it in moderation will allow you to take advantage of its benefits without gaining much weight. It is a low-calorie lean food making it a suitable protein-rich diet. Octopus flesh is also a good source of Iron that helps avoid weakness and anaemia. It is an ideal food for a balanced and healthy diet!


People who eat octopus have low risk of cancers of mouth, throat, stomach, colon, rectum, lung, breast and prostate. There is an ongoing research to develop a new octopus drug to treat cancer. It is an indisputable fact that women who consume high meat or dairy food have a bigger risk of getting breast cancer than women who include sea food and more precisely octopus in their diet.

Headaches and Heart Attacks

Octopus is a rich source of vitamin B2 that helps reduce frequency of migraine headaches. Vitamin B2 also helps reduce homocystein levels in the body therefore reducing rates of heart strokes, heart attacks and deaths from heart diseases. Octopuses and other sea foods are often suggested instead of meat to people who are suffering from heart injuries or heart diseases.

Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

People who have high sugar levels or diabetes are suggested these marine cephalopods to control sugar levels, because they supply vitamin B3 (niacin). Octopus is a good source of potassium too that helps control high blood pressure!

Depression and Hypertension

The type and amount of diet consumed highly affect the incidence of depression. Depressed people normally lack omega-3 fatty acids in their nervous system; octopus is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, consuming octopus helps fight depression problem and as a result would reduce the number of suicides caused because of depression. Don't forget, it also helps fight hypertension, one of the most common diseases found today.

Immune System

It has been proven that people with zinc deficiency are infectious to diseases easily. Octopus being a good source of zinc helps boost the immune system. Also, eating octopus works as an aid in brain development in children.

The food we eat governs our health and the activities we do in our lives, therefore it is very important to choose the right food as per the body requirement and capacity. It is advisable to not remove the skin of the octopus while cooking because the skin provides the best health benefits. Some small breeds of octopuses are eaten alive as a novelty food. If cooked well with aromatic spices, octopus can be a fascinating food. Today the octopus has become a sort of delicacy and treat for fancy dining; it has gone mainstream!

(The only scary part for Halloween is that if the old adage, "you are what you eat," is true, then it might be the food of nightmares!)


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