Our bodies can’t make omega-3 fatty acids but we need them in our diet for our wellbeing. Wild salmon is loaded with protein and also packed with DHA and EPA, the omega-3s that improve brain cell function and make us happy.
And the good news is that salmon is a sustainable source of omega-3 where sustainable is defined as, “A species whose biology is capable of withstanding fishing pressure, where the status of the stock is well understood, and where the fishing methods do not adversely impact other species or habitat.”
Whereas larger fish, like shark, tuna, tilefish (such as golden snapper or golden bass) and swordfish, can have high levels of mercury, salmon are very low in mercury as they are small in size and eat plants.
As traceability is our benchmark at Kings, eating our wild salmon is also one of the best ways to avoid any of those nasty pesticides and fungicides that may be found in conventionally farmed fish.
But why bother eating salmon at all?
For our bones because salmon’s small proteins, called bioactive peptides, can increase, regulate and stabilise collagen synthesis in human osteoarthritic cartilage as well as improving bone density.
Or because salmon can help to reduce the risk and incidence of depression, hostility in young adults and memory loss in the elderly. Consumption of salmon also boosts our cardiovascular as the high amounts of the omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA, can reduce inflammation, keeping the blood from clotting excessively, and also relax and dilate the arteries. When eaten 2-3 times per week, salmon can help to protect you from problems such as heart attack, stroke or high blood pressure.
Just two portions of salmon a week could decrease the risk of macular degeneration — a chronic eye condition that leads to loss of vision. And you’ll need to eat 2-4 servings per week for treatment and prevention of a condition called dry eye syndrome... small price to pay!
Eating salmon while pregnant and nursing may boost learning capability and academic performance in your children whilst feeding salmon to preschool children may also help in the prevention of ADHD.
As salmon is an excellent source of vitamin D, crucial to maintaining optimal health, it may help you fight the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and type-1 diabetes.
An excellent source of tryptophan, salmon is an all-natural sedative. Studies show that tryptophan increases sleepiness in those with mild insomnia and can help to shorten the time it takes to fall asleep.
Your wise salmon buys might even save you a trip to the doctor!
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