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Get Your Omega-3s From a Safe Source

An interesting analysis tackled the problematic consumption of fish, comparing the risks of eating what was one of the healthiest foods you could eat versus the benefits of boosting your consumption of omega-3 fats. Interesting in relation to what it doesn't talk about...

Although the study argues you could get enough of one of the primary omega-3 fats -- eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) or docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) -- from eating farmed or wild salmon, you can't receive the benefits of both without risking greater exposure to toxic carcinogens.

It goes on to discuss what kinds of salmon are safer to eat -- farmed Atlantic salmon gets the nod over wild Pacific salmon -- and that the risk of eating either one is partially offset by the omega-3 both contain, then warns young mothers, pregnant women and small children should seek alternate omega-3 sources to minimize their exposure to contaminants.

Long story short, modern technology has transformed fish into a potentially dangerous food source. Moreover, the study assumes farmed fish are a healthier food source, when, in fact, they have at least 10 times more cancer-causing toxins than their wild counterparts.

As I see it, you have three options to consider:

  • Doing your homework by checking with your grocer and manufacturer if the fish you're eating is lab-tested and free of contaminants.
  • Trying a safer source of fish, perhaps the Vital Choice brands I sell in my Web store.
  • Consuming a high quality fish or cod liver oil daily.

Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 135, No. 11, November 2005: 2639-2643

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