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It would be hard to think of another food that has as many proven health benefits as Wild Alaska Salmon. When considering the cost of Wild Alaska Salmon vs the Farmed Atlantic Salmon that you can get in your local grocery store, keep in mind the true value of what you're buying. Given the sky-rocketing cost of health care and pharmaceutical drugs, what is the value of optimum health? How much would you pay for improved heart, brain, eye and immune system health for you and your children?
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Fresh Wild Alaska Salmon is an extremely powerful "anti-aging" food for your heart and brain. Below is a letter written by Julian Whitaker, M.D.
There's no question that salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can, and should, eat. It contains two critical omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, that your heart and brain need for optimal health, especially as you age.
EPA fats are a "near miracle" for your health. They promote normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels and improve blood flow. They also promote healthy skin and enhance immune function.
The other important fat in Wild Alaska Salmon is DHA, which plays an essential role in brain function. More than half of your brain consists of fat, and DHA is the most abundant. DHA levels play a critical role in your cognitive functioning throughout your life--and normal levels are needed for optimal memory and brain function.
Unfortunately, it's becoming nearly impossible to get healthy, fresh Wild Alaska Salmon salmon.
In a perfect world, I would tell you to eat any salmon you could get your hands on because the health benefits are so immense. But the world isn't perfect, and unfortunately, most of the salmon out there is "farm raised," with questionable quality at best.
Instead of living free in the open waters, farmed salmon are kept in captivity in extremely close quarters--often in some of the most polluted waters in the world.
Because these "fish pens" are breeding ground for disease, fish are often fed antibiotics, which isn't something you want to ingest. Plus, they're fed grain rather than EPA and DHA rich algae that salmon naturally eat, which makes them lower in the all-important omega-3 fatty acids. Furthermore, you can tell the difference in their taste. Farmed salmon have a strong, astringent flavor, and the texture leaves a lot to be desired.
The best-tasting and most healthful salmon around is Wild Alaskan Salmon. Over the years, my parents, my wife, and I have traveled to Alaska during the salmon run. We bring home enough wild salmon to stock our freezer for months.
Eating Wild Alaska Salmon is one of the best things you can do for your heart and your brain. I encourage you to add at least two salmon meals a week to your diet.
Sincerely, Julian Whitaker, M.D.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston studied 11 years worth of data on the dietary habits and health of 20,551 male physicians, aged 40-84 years, found that those who ate seafood containing the n-3 fatty acid at least once a week had a 52% lower risk of sudden cardiac death compared to those who ate Wild Salmon less than once a month.
Omega-3s inhibit the formation of blood clots. This is important because most heart attacks result when blood clots get stuck together in the blood vessels leading too ht heart. They may prevent heartbeat abnormalities, thereby protecting against sudden cardiac arrest, a major cause of death from heart disease. They lower very high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood which, when elevated, increases the risk of heart attacks. They may retard the growth of plaques that narrow arteries leading to the heart. "To achieve the wonderful benefit, all we have to do is have two Wild Salmon meals per week. I clearly tell people to eat fish and shellfish regularly to lower the risk of heart disease. There is compelling evidence to say that seafood-eating will benefit you so much.Penny Kris-Ethert, Ph.D., Heart Disease Researcher, Pennsylvania State University
Let food be your medicine -Hippocrates
Wild Alaska Salmon is an organically pure and natural source of essential omega-3 fatty acids and powerful biological antioxidants. Each 3.5 ounce serving of our Wild Sockeye Salmon contains a minimum of 1.2 grams of EPA & DHA, both vital nutrients proven in clinical studies to promote optimal health and to prevent or improve numerous adverse health conditions.
Eating Wild Alaska Salmon is good for you. Almost all US and Canadian nutritional experts recommend that people include at least two servings of fish a week in their diets. For Instance the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation’s spokesperson and nutritionist Rosie Schwartz says. “Every meal you eat that features fish rather than meat, is one more meal with less saturated fat”. Although many people may be tempted to supplement their diets with fish oils experts advise that if you want to increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, the best way is to eat more fish such as wild salmon, trout and mackerel. Eating broiled, baked or steamed fish two - three times a week is a good way of increasing the omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.
Here's what the experts say about adding Wild Alaska Salmon to your diet:
- Fish is health insurance and most of us lack enough coverage.Jean Carper, Author, Food, Your Miracle Medicine
- Salmon is one of the '9 foods you shouldn't live without,' because of its high level of omega-3 fatty acids.Mindy Hermann, R.D., Fitness Magazine
- Seafood is indisputably the most healthful animal product you can eat.Elizabeth Hiser, Eating Well
- For people interested in preventative health from all perspectives, eating plenty of seafood is a wise decision. Joyce Nettleton, D.Sc., R.D.,Institute of Food Technologists
- Fish is nutritious in other ways as well. Each species contributes many important vitamins and minerals. All species of fish are considered to be a good source for high quality protein.Gene A. Spiller, Ph.D.
- By far, the best type of omega-3 fats are those found in fish. That's because the omega-3 in fish is high in two fatty acids crucial to human health, DHA and EPA. These two fatty acids are pivotal in preventing heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. The human brain is also highly dependent on DHA, and maintaining high DHA levels can help deter depression, schizophrenia, memory loss, and Alzheimer's. Omega-3 is also very important for pregnant women and children, as researchers are now also linking inadequate intake of omega-3 to premature birth and low birth weight, and to hyperactivity in children. Joseph Mercola, D.O., founder/director, The Optimal Wellness Center
Wild Alaska salmon, super-rich in omega-3 oils, is an ounce of prevention and a pound of cure. In addition to what scientists have known for years about omega-3's heart-healthy benefits, current research is uncovering a host of new preventive and curative omega-3 attributes. Many modern diets aren't high enough in omega-3 oils to realize optimum health benefits. However, Wild Alaska Salmon is one of the cold water sea foods particularly high in these "good fats" and by simply including it in your diet three times a week most people can improve their health. Sockeye salmon has the highest amount of omega-3 of any fish, about 2.7 grams per 100 gram portion.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in wild Chinook, Coho and Sockeye Salmon have been scientifically linked to the following health benefits:
Lower Incidence of Heart Disease and Stroke
- Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can stop arrhythmia before it triggers sudden death from heart attacks. That makes fish such as salmon as potentially potent as any high tech heart drug and considerably cheaper to stock up on.Dr. Alexander Leaf, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
- One of the ways that the consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of heart attack is by increasing the levels of these fatty acids in blood cell membranes which reduces the clumping of blood platelets and also coronary spasm. ...modest amounts of n-3 fatty acids from seafood may reduce vulnerability to ventricular fibrillation and, thereby, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease mortality.David S. Siscovick, M.D., Ph.D.,University of Washington
- Omega-3 fatty acids have so many biological roles because they are a primary element of health for virtually every cell and organ system in the body. Along with their partners, the omega-6 fatty acids, they keep our bodies in balance, modulating such basic physiological functions as inflammation, cell signaling, blood pressure, immune response, and the electrical excitability of heart and brain cells.Andrew Stoll, Faculty, Harvard Medical School
- Fish lower the overall risk of heart disease by 38% and of heart attack by 60% compared to men who eat red meat.
A 1957 study of 1,800 Western Electric Workers
- The American Heart Association recommends that people include at least two servings of fish per week, particularly fatty fish (such as salmon), in their diets. This advice was based on scientific evidence suggesting that people who consume at least one, preferably two, servings of fish a week have a lower incidence of heart disease and stroke. The ways that omega-3 fatty acids reduce cardio-vascular disease risk are still being studied. However, research has shown that they decrease the risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death; decrease thrombosis (blood clot formation), which can lead to heart attack and stroke; decrease triglyceride levels; decrease growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque; improve the health of arteries; and lower blood pressure.
- A recent study revealed that eating fish could significantly reduce a man's risk of sudden death from a heart attack. The study, supported by the US National Institute of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, found that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish are strongly associated with a reduced risk of sudden death among men without evidence of prior cardiovascular disease. New England Journal of Medicine, April 11, 2002
Eat fish and you're less likely to die from a sudden heart attack.
People who dine on fish regularly have lower heart rates and that helps prevent sudden death from a heart attack, according to new research from the Institut Pasteur de Lille in France reported by the Ivanhoe Newswire. Sudden death or cardiac arrest happens when the heart stops unexpectedly. The secret heart-healthy ingredient is omega-3 fatty acids, which is found in abundance in cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and tuna.
The study: More than 9,700 men, who ranged in age between 50 and 59 and had no signs of heart disease, participated in the French study. The researchers followed them from 1991 to 1993, keeping records of their heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol. The men also completed questionnaires about their use of tobacco and alcohol, as well as exercise and diet, including how often they ate fish. A subgroup of 407 men also got blood tests to assess fatty acid levels.
The results: The men who ate fish twice a week or more had the lowest heart rates, averaging 65.5 beats per minute. This compares to 67.5 beats per minute for men who ate fish less than once a week. Why does heart rate matter? Lead researcher Jean Dallongeville says even small reductions in heart rate can make a big difference in the risk for sudden heart death. "These findings are particularly important because sudden death most often occurs in men without a known history of coronary heart disease," Dallongeville told Ivanhoe Newswire.
But there is a puzzler in all this: How the fatty acids reduce heart problems isn't clear. Dallongeville theorizes that the fatty acids stabilize the electrical activity of the heart's cells, which in turn lowers the heart rate. They may also assist with pumping action and blood pressure. The fish eaters had lower triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and higher levels of the "good" cholesterol.
The study findings were published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association
- There is solid research that fish is good for people with diabetes by helping to reduce their risk of a heart attack. In April 2003, Harvard School of Public Health declared that women with diabetes who ate fish 1 to 3 times a month reduced their risk of coronary heart disease by 30%. Those who ate fish 5 or more times per week reduced their risk by over 60%. While the research isn’t clear that eating fish prevents diabetes from developing in the first place, we do know is that populations that eat a lot of fish like the Greenland Inuit Eskimos and the Japanese generally do have lower rates of diabetes.
- My anti-aging patients often start out eating fish two to three times a week. When they see how quickly their skin improves, they are quick to increase their intake to five to seven fish meals a week.Nicholas Perricone, M.D., Author, The Wrinkle Cure, The Perricone Prescription, The Acne Cure
- According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition Dec, 2002 Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases, there have been a number of preliminary clinical trials assessing the benefits of dietary supplementation with fish oils in several inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in humans including rheumatoid arthritis. Some patients taking omega-3 supplements (often at about 2 to 3 grams per day) report less joint pain and morning stiffness.
- A study conducted at the Purdue University, Indiana and published in the Experimental Biology and Medicine, 2001 Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Skeletal Health, presents information that omega-3 fatty acids reduced the symptoms of certain bone/joint diseases in humans.
- Consumption of broiled or baked fish, but not of other types of fish, was associated with a decreased risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Jean Shapiro, Thomas D. Koepsell, Lynda F. Voigt, et al, Epidemiology, 1996
- The oils in certain fish contain 'friendly' polyunsaturated fats called the omega-3 fatty acids. Add fish oils to the diet, and scientists can measure a very significant drop in one of the most inflammatory immune substances - leukotriene B4,Joel Kremer, M.D., Head of Rheumatology at Albany Medical College, New York
- In three months, the high omega-3 group started to feel less pain. By years end most had a stronger grip and were nearly able to decrease levels of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Arthritis and Rheumatism, June, 1994
Asthma and Lung disease
- Children who eat fish more than once a week have a third the risk of AHR [airway hyper-responsiveness or asthma] of children who do not eat fish regularly. ...These data suggest that the consumption of oily fish may protect against asthma in childhood. Linda Hodge, Cheryl M. Salome, Jennifer K. Peat, Michelle M. Haby, et al, The Medical Journal of Australia 1996
- The anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acid may have some usefulness in modulating chronic lung diseases. ...The putative ability of omega-3 fatty acids to improve blood rheology would be beneficial in a number of chronic lung diseases. In such conditions, further clinical studies of omega-3 fatty acids are warranted. Howard R. Knapp, M.D., Ph.D., FACN, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine
Nursing and Pregnant Women and their infants
- Many studies indicate that the DHA component of the Omega-3 family is essential to early childhood brain and retinal system development. Omegas 3s are therefore believed to be essential to good health and normal development of both the fetus and newborn. Research indicates that children born to mothers consuming higher quantities of omega-3 rich fish like salmon are healthier at birth and exhibit higher IQs later in life, especially if the infant is breast fed for 6-8 months. It is important to understand that the beneficial long chain omegas 3s are found in fish, not vegetable source omega-3s like flaxseed oil.
- Medical scientists agree that premature birth is the most common cause of harmful outcomes for newborn babies. Studies reveal that the mother's intake of the proper fats during pregnancy may be critical. A Colorado University study published in the Experimental Biology & Medicine 2001, The role of omega-3 fatty acids in gestation and parturition, notes that: "Several human pregnancy supplementation trials with omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils) have shown a significant reduction in the incidence of premature delivery...." Another, more recent article in the British Medical Journal, Feb 23, 2002 Low consumption of seafood in early pregnancy as a risk factor for preterm delivery: prospective cohort study concludes: low consumption of fish was a strong risk factor for preterm delivery and low birth weight. In women with zero or low intake of fish, small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids - provided as fish or fish oil - may confer protection against preterm delivery and low birth weight.
- It has been demonstrated that getting enough omega-3 fatty acids very early in life is critical. An omega-3 derivative called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) actually helps build the brain, becoming rapidly incorporated into both the cerebral cortex and the retina three months before and three months after birth, and more slowly but no less significantly up until the age of two, when brain development is complete. ...Eating more fatty fish, such as wild salmon, is the most efficient way to build your store of omega-3s.
- Our results indicate that n-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids should be considered provisionally essential for infant nutrition. DHA [docosahexaenoic acid] may also be required by individuals with inherited metabolic defects in elongation and desaturation activity, such as patients with peroxisomal disorders and some forms of retinitis pigmentosa. ...The mother's diet before pregnancy plays an important role in determining maternal EFA 'essential fatty acid' status. ...Major EFA deposition in the human fetus occurs during the third trimester. ...it has become generally accepted that n-6 as well as n-3 fatty acids play a key role in perinatal nutrition, especially for the developing central nervous system. Ricardo Uauy, Patricio Peirano, Dennis Hoffman, et al, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile and Retina Foundation of the Southwest, Dallas, Texas
Breast Cancer and Omega-3
- Recent evidence suggests that the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid correlates with breast cancer incidence, higher ratios being more protective. ...Short term low-fat dietary intervention with fish oil can lead to significant changes in the polyunsaturated fatty acid composition of the breast micro environment. These changes may have important implications for the prevention of breast cancer. S. Lee, Capone, D. Bagga and J. Glaspy, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCLA School of Medicine
- Research studies have consistently shown that Omega-3 fatty acids delay tumor appearance, and decrease the growth, size, and number of tumors.
Salmon and your Mental Health
Why is fish called "brain food?" The human brain is more than 60% fat! The majority of fat in the brain is the type that cannot be made by the body, but must be supplied by the diet. The fats essential for optimal brain activity are the omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and, to a lesser extent, alpha linolenic acid (ALA). The omega-3 fatty acids have beneficial properties that have been studied in the treatment of a number of mental conditions ranging from Depression and Bipolar Disorder to Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Stress.
Today's society is relatively deficient in these powerful brain building omega-3 fatty acids. Gone are the days of eating simple diets full of fish, seeds and nuts; our diets are now full of processed foods that are lacking in the good, essential fats. To ensure you are receiving sufficient quantities of omega-3 fatty acids, fatty, cold water fish, such as wild salmon, mackeral, tuna, sardines and anchovies should fill your plate, as well as other valuable omega-3 sources derived from oil-bearing nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, flaxseed and flax oil.
The brain requires more omega-3 fatty acids than any other system in the body. With sufficient quantities of EPA and DHA in the diet, the membranes of the brain perform at their peak level, which is essential for regulating mood, emotions, and staving off depression. In the absence of EPA and DHA the brain will choose an alternate source of lipids such as an omega 6 or monounsaturated fat which has very different properties from omega-3s and could therefore negatively affect your mental health. To build a healthy brain, eat fish!
Lower risk of Dementia including Alzheimer’s Disease
- A study published in the British Medical Journal Fish, meat, and risk of Dementia, 2002 examined associations between eating meat, fish or seafood, and the risk of developing Dementia. The researchers followed a cohort of people aged 68 years or older living in southwest France. After seven years, they found that those who ate fish at least once a week were at lower risk of developing Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The 'protective' effect of weekly fish or seafood consumption was partly explained by higher education of regular consumers.
- In a study of more than 1,000 people (average age 75), those with higher blood levels of an omega-3 called DHA were more than 40% less likely to develop dementia (including Alzheimer's) over the next nine years than people with low DHA levels. ...Experts advise eating a weekly serving of fish rich in omega-3's. Holly McCord, R.D.
Healthy Brain Function
- It has been reported that omega-3 fatty acids are needed for normal brain development in babies. Also, a study at Purdue University Journal of Physiology & Behavior, April/May, 2003 showed that boys with attention deficit disorder who had lower levels of omega-3 fats in their brains had more behavioral problems. Studies are underway to see if omega-3 supplements can improve the boys' behavior. The researchers advise adding more fish into children's diets until more is known about the long-term safety of supplements.
- In a study involving 20 people with recurrent Depression, researchers studied the effects of a specific omega-3 fatty acid, known as E-EPA. After four weeks, six of 10 patients receiving E-EPA - but only one of 10 receiving placebo - had significantly reduced symptoms of Depression, according to lead author Boris Nemets, MD, a researcher at Ben Gurian University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. His study appeared in the American Journal of Psychiatry, March 2002. Another study supporting the Anti-Depression benefits of omega-3 fats can be found in the Archives of General Psychiatry A Dose-Ranging Study of the Effects of E-EPA in patients with ongoing Depression despite apparently adequate treatment with standard drugs, Oct. 2002. Both studies used fish oil supplements.
- Epidemiological studies in various countries and in the United States suggest that decreased n-3 fatty acid consumtion correlates with the increasing rates of depression. ...Long chain n-3 polyunsaturated defiency may also contribute to depressive symptoms in alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, and post-partum depression just as n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid may reduce coronary artery disease. Joseph R. Hibbeln and Norman Salem, Jr.
- Fish oil may help combat any number of serious psychiatric illnesses. According to researchers at an international conference sponsored by the National Institutes of Health there is evidence which suggests that higher consumption of essential fatty acids in fish, particularly omega-3, appear to be linked to a lower risk for depression and better treatment of manic depression and schizophrenia.
- Fish consumption appears to be an important protective factor which is strongly associated with lower annual prevalence major depression. ... These data do suggest that that some subgroups of suicidal patients may reduce their risk with the consumption of EPA." (eicosapentaenoic acid which is an omega-3 fatty acid) Joseph R. Hibbeln, M.D., Chief of Outpatients Clinic, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health
- Researchers found that patients suffering from manic depression given capsules containing fish oil experienced a marked improvement over a four month period. Andrew Stern
- The omega-3 fatty acid patient group had a significantly longer period of remission...Omega-3 fatty acids...improved the short-term course of illness in this sample of patients with bipolar disorder. Andrew L. Stoll, M.D., Director of Psychopharmocology, Brigham and Women's; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Abstract, N.I.H. Conference on Polyunsaturated Acids and the Brain, September, 1998
Additional nutritional benefits of Wild Salmon
An excellent source of protein, Wild Alaska Salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. It contains all the essential Amino Acids, as well as B-complex vitamins like Niacin and Riboflavin. According to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, (ASMI) “Wild Alaska salmon is rich in Selenium, Vitamin E, Zinc and low-fat protein, all noted for strengthening immune systems.” visit ASMI for more information on the health benefits of Alaskan seafood products and related reports about Omega-3 in your diet.
Antioxidants - how do they benefit my health?
Antioxidants are dietary nutrients that help prevent the cell and tissue damage caused by free radicals in the body. Free radicals are highly reactive, unstable molecules that cause oxidative stress, and can lead to degenerative diseases such as cancer and arthritis. Antioxidants fight oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals. Naturally occurring fish oils contain good concentrations of Vitamin E, which is a powerful Antioxidant. In Wild Salmon, the pigment that gives the fish its rich red color is also a very powerful Antioxidant. Studies suggest that Astaxanthin (as-tuh-zan’-thin) may be 100 times more powerful than Vitamin E at quenching free radicals. This Antioxidant is also thought to be 10 times more effective than other Carotenoids, like Beta-Carotene.
Other research has found that Vitamin E plays a protective role against cancer and the formation of cataracts, and may possibly boost the immune system in the elderly. Wild Salmon contains zero grams of carbohydrate.
Omega-3s and Antioxidants are readily available in fruits, vegetables, and fish. Supplemental forms are also available, but studies show that food-source omega-3s are preferable to pills. Naturally occurring fish oils provide one of the most concentrated and accessible forms of omega-3 fatty acids.
Wild Alaska Salmon are an excellent source of high-quality protein, containing all the essential amino acids. The amount of saturated fat in both high-oil fish and lean fish is minimal. Fish, and other seafood, also offers lean, high-quality protein, as well as many other important vitamins and minerals. Salmon contains vitamins A, D, B6 and B2, as well as niacin and riboflavin. Calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus are also present in appreciable amounts in this choice seafood.Wild Salmon is an excellent food for everyone, and especially for both young children and older people, because it is so easy to digest.
You can study reams of nutritional research. Or, simply observe the extraordinary health and longevity of people in countries where seafood is a mainstay of the diet. Either way, the health benefits of Alaska seafood are clear. It's Nothing But Good and Good For You!
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