Shrimp is one of my favorite food. Living in the coastal areas in the Philippines gave me the privilege of having access to them. Though shrimp may be small in size, they come big in terms of nutritional value. Shrimps are low in calories, a gram of shrimp equals 1 calorie. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, mainly Vitamin B12 and selenium. It also provide you with fair amount of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, sodium, copper, zinc and some Vitamin C. So what other benefits can we get from shrimps? Just think of it this way, when we eat shrimp it has that pink color so associate it with a beautiful glow in your skin. Apparently, shrimp also contain astaxanthin a carotenoid that give the shrimp that pinkish color which can act as a potent antioxidant that can protect our skin from premature aging. It also has omega-3 fatty acid which provide antioxidant protection. Plus copper and zinc that help boost and maintain healthy skin, hair and scalp. Oh what a beauty indeed! And did you know that since shrimps are loaded with selenium it can give you extra protection against the big C(cancer). There are studies that suggest that the risk of death from cancer are lower with people with higher intake of trace minerals selenium and in areas of the world where selenium is abundant. So next time you eat shrimp, think of that extra protection it gives you. Shrimps mainly are made up of protein and water and contain some cholesterol and fats too. So eat them in moderation. There is a scientific research study on shrimp and blood cholesterol levels that suggests that shrimp may not be that bad at all. To know more about the study click here.