Get Healthy: Eat Wild Salmon

Being healthier can make your health insurance quote cheaper. Is there a catch? No! To determine health insurance quotes, insurance companies look at your current history and pre-existing conditions. If you live a healthier lifestyle (i.e. don’t smoke, exercise regularly and eat well) you may get a cheaper health insurance quote.

The obsession with youth dates as far back as the legendary (and fictional) fountain of youth. In a world of plastic surgeons giving out Botox injections like it is candy on Halloween adds fuel to the youth obsessed culture. Surgical altering your body to look younger can have some serious side-effects. Why deal with all of the risks? Why not prevent instead? Men’s Health came up with a list of the “40 Best Age Erasing Super Foods.” These foods do not try to promise the elixir of youth, but suggest healthy foods that can help you look younger and keep your healthier overall.

Number seven on the list is Wild Salmon. Wild salmon is beneficial for your brain AND your heart. The fish has lots of the omega-3 fatty acid called DHA (docosahezaenoc acid for long). DHA can help with varicose veins by increasing circulation in your blood. Omega-3’s can also help fight depression. It also fights cancerous tumors. Omega-3s have also been linked to brain tissue retention, which can fight against aging and debilitating brain diseases.

However, there is a big debate between wild salmon and farmed salmon. The wild fish are just that, wild. Whereas, farmed salmon are raised especially for the purpose to use for eating. Wild salmon can be more expensive.

Many studies have been done, and the favor is going toward wild salmon. Farmed salmon are fed food that is not natural for the fish for the purpose of fattening it up. A fatter fish means more to sell. Because the farmed salmon are fed more to be bigger, this also increases the amount of fat on the fish. This time I am just talking about fat that makes it bigger, but fat that the consumer can’t (and shouldn’t) eat.

There is also the assertion that farmed salmon has more PCBs, which is a chlorinated compound. PCBs used to be used as an insulator, but were taken off the market because of its bad effect on the environment. Unfortunately, PCBs still exist in their environment and are absorbed by fish. Studies have found that farmed fish have higher increases of PCBs because of their feed. The Environmental Working Group suggests that a consumer should only eat 8 oz of farmed salmon a month. Also, the Science Journal stated that farmed salmon has 10 times more toxins than its wild counterparts. Chemicals are also used to help reduce parasites and bacteria in the schools of farmed salmon. Using these in the water only transfers to the fish, which in turn ends up on your plate.

Long story short, including wild salmon into your diet can help provide your body with the very necessary nutrients like Omega-3s. Just try to spend the extra dollar and get wild salmon, because farmed salmon has more toxins that could be more detrimental than helpful.