Australian wild prawns have naturally high levels of many nutrients which contribute to a healthy lifestyle. They are a good source of Omega 3, Phosphorous, Selenium and sometimes Iodine.
Prawns are even lower in calories and fat than chicken yet with much more protein. As well as being high in protein, prawns contain magnesium, which plays a role in bone development and nerve and muscle function; Zinc, which is good for growing bodies, and selenium, an important antioxidant.
Most prawns available in the market are a good source of Omega 3. You only need to eat about 30g of prawns to reach your required daily intake of Omega 3! You would need to eat almost 1kg of chicken breast to get the equivalent amount of Omega 3 to 100g of prawns. Omega 3 fatty acids (specifically EPA + DHA) contain anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the risk of heart disease and arthritis symptoms and are believed to reduce the risk of developing some cancers.
Most prawns are a good source of selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant which assist in maintaining thyroid health and the body’s immune system.
And most prawns are also a good source of phosphorous. Phosphorous (phosphate) helps to protect the blood’s acid/base balance and transports energy.
Some prawns, Endeavour prawns are a good source of iodine. Iodine is an integral part of the thyroid hormone and helps normal growth and metabolism.