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Health Benefits of Seafood

Experts Claim Wild Alaska Salmon is Healthier Than Farmed Salmon

There are tremendous health benefits from eating wild Alaska salmon and seafood.

Scientists have established the regular intake of fish, like wild Alaskan salmon, helps protect your heart from heart disease. Who wants to suffer a heart attack? The magic bullet 'ingredient' found in fish like salmon is fish oil that is high in Omega-3s. This fatty acid is not found in other foods.

Omega-3s found in fish, a polyunsaturated fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), helps the heart and helps clogged arteries. Salmon, in particular, is loaded with Omega-3s and the American Heart Association has recommended people eat it at least twice per week. You might also try herring and black cod.

What if you already have heart disease? Then the oils found in salmon might help reduce some of the problems.

Here's how Omega-3s help our hearts stay healthy:

  1. Prevention of abnormal heart beat rhythms.
  2. Reduced chances of sudden death from cardiac arrest by keeping the heartbeat stable.
  3. Stroke prevention through reduced chances of blood clotting.
  4. Slowed development of atherosclerosis or clogged blood vessels helps heart funtion.
  5. Inflammation of blood vessels is reduced through intake of Omega-3s found in salmon.
  6. Blood fat percentage in the blood stream is reduced by Omega-3 intake. If you have type-2 diabetes your triglycerides may be abnormally high. Eating salmon can help lower those blood fats.
  7. Arterial plaques (deposits) clogging your arteries can break apart and ultimately cause heart attacks. There is mountings cientific evidence that Omega-3s can make the plaques more stable.
  8. Omega-3s can help make your red blood cells more flexible, enabling them to fit more easily in small blood vessels. Improved blood flow is a positive for the heart and helps reduce the odds of stroke.
  9. Eating salmon loaded with Omega-3s can help raise the good cholesterol (HDL). HDL helps remove cholesterol that could otherwise clog arteries.
  10. Omega-3s contribute to more elastic, healthier artery and vessel walls, which increases blood flow and helps one's blood pressure, and
  11. Salmon intake may even help against rheumatoid arthritis.

In addition to the health benefits associated with Omega-3s found in fish oil seafood provides a great source of easily digested protein. The benefits are tremendous for kids, athletes, pregnant and nursing women, and those who are recoving from illnesses. The DHA found in Alaska salmon enhances the development of fetal and young brains as well as infant nervous systems.

Seafood is good for you!  
Selenium Vitamin B6 Vitamin B 12
Niacin Vitamin D Omega-3

Did you know that eating wild Alaska salmon provides your body with at least 50% of the vitamin D your body needs in a given day? It's no joke and the claims are backed up by the American Heart Association, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and World Health Organization. The FDA even permits a claim to be posted on Alaska wild salmon labeling:

"Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One serving of Wild Alaska King Salmon provides 1.7 grams of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids."

What about contaminants in salmon?

Good news! Wild Alaska salmon does not contain high levels of contaminants that can be harmful to pregnant women and kids. According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) the PCBs and dioxins in wild Alaska salmon are below 1% of the recognized safety levels.

Farmed salmon is higher in PCBs according to the Environmental Working Group and other academics and scientists worldwide. Read their report!

The advice from EWG to consumers is simple: eat wild and canned salmon -- not farmed. Consumers should not eat more than one 8-ounce piece of farmed salmon per month. You should remove as much fat as possible before broiling, baking or grilling the fish. These cooking methods are better than frying because frying doesn't allow the PCB-laden fat to cook off the salmon.

 

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