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Why Wild Salmon

Why Wild Salmon?

 

We are all familiar with the idea that fish, in particular Salmon is good for you. Most fish provide you with good fish oils such as Omega 3 and these can help in combatting chronic disease such as arthritis. Fish oil is also beneficial for maintaining a state of insulin sensitivity, crucial for fat loss and a stable weight.

Salmon in particular is a great source of the following:

  • Vitamin D – an increasing number of people are becoming deficient in Vitamin D leaving themselves more vulnerable to cancer, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and type-1 diabetes.
  • Tryptophan – a natural sedative. Studies show that tryptophan increases sleepiness in subjects with mild insomnia and helps to shorten the time it takes to fall asleep.
  • Omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA. These fats are responsible for many cardiovascular benefits such as reducing inflammation, keeping the blood from clotting excessively and relaxing and dilating the arteries.

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Farmed vs Wild.

There is some debate as to whether or not there is a significant difference between the two sources of salmon, it is true to say that some salmon, from whatever source, is better than no salmon. There are however some considerations for regular consumers.

  • Farm raised Salmon are raised in tight pens with little room for exercise
  • Farm raised Salmon are fed fish meal which contains PCB’s and other carcinogens
  • Wild Salmon dwell in cleaner water and have more room to move.
  • Wild salmon feed on their natural diet, not man-made pellets laced with antibiotics, hormones and other chemicals.

I can never find Wild Salmon!

If you do have farm raised salmon try and remove the skin as this will reduce the amount of chemicals.

Where can I buy Wild Salmon in the UK?

The following brands supply or sell Wild salmon or Wild Smoked Salmon, please feed back on any local stores that you find it in!

The Fish Society

Sainsbury

Tesco

Waitrose

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Do you have recipe ideas for salmon?

Yes in my recipe section.