Let’s talk seafood! We’ve all heard about how seafood is good for you, but why? Fish contain (EFA’s) essential fatty acids (essential means our body doesn’t make them, so we must obtain through our diets) and more specifically omega-3. EFA’s helps boost immunity, reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other ailments, improve memory, improves energy, ADHD, eczema, acne, hair, eyes, inflammation in the body, menopause symptoms, PMS, depression and mood disorders just to name a few. We need vitamin B3, B6, vitamin C, zinc and magnesium to utilize EFA’s. Due to the standard American diet (SAD), most of us over-consume omega-6 from commercial animals products, poorly farmed fish and damaged fats in packaged & processed food. This causes an imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6. Therefore, we need more healthy omega-3 fats in our diets to create a balance.
The best choices are abundant, well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Whole Foods normally has alot of options. If you live close to the Ocean/Bay, then there are often local fisherman!
Abalone: (US farmed)
Arctic Char: (farmed)
Catfish (US farmed)
Clams, Mussels, Oysters (farmed)
Cod: Pacific (US botton longline)
Lobster: Spiony (US)
Rockfish: Black (California, OR, WA, hook and line)
Salmon: Wild Alaksan (canned or fresh)
Sardines: wild-caught Pacific (US)
Scallops: farmed off bottom
Shrimp: Pink wild caught (OREGON)
Tilapia: US Farmed
Tuna: Albacore, Skipjack, Yellowfin (US troll/pole caught from US or British Columbia)- They have this in the can at Whole Foods for $1.69/can
*EFA’s are especially important for pregnant and nursing mothers!!
**Omega-3 is also found in seeds, nuts, algae (spirulina, kelp, etc), and pastured, grass-fed animal products.
***You can also take a fish oil supplement if you’re not able to eat enough in your diet. Here is a trusted supplement I recommend: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CN5FZ8/ref=s9_simh_gw_p121_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=19P5S1JGFKYG55314R8K&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846