Is salmon good or bad?

Do you buy farmed salmon in the belief that it’s the

“environmentally responsible” thing to do? Do you believe it is a part of a good healthy diet?

I was in a health food shop yesterday in my home town of Hertford, when a shelf full of omega 3 tablets collapsed onto my head.

Fortunately, I only sustained super-fish-oil injuries.

Sorry, but it was very apt for this blog

If you don’t like fish puns, you have no sole.

Ok so enough jokes, let us get back to the blog.

What is good and what is not and why?

This is a summary, I recommend oily fish for anyone that want to improve on their health, now, we have a problem with certain fish. Farmed fish as said above comes with various health issues.

What do you need to look for?

Farmed salmon comes with it’s own health risks that affects all those who eat it.

This is a fact, There has been some toxicology testing that has revealed farmed salmon is one of the most toxic foods in the world. It is known to be five times more toxic than any other food that is tested. Scary eh?

The main reason is the feed they are given, thats what contains toxins.

What is in your food is in you after all.

The below paragraph is from Health Nut News.

Half a fillet of wild Atlantic salmon contains about 3,996 milligrams (mg) of omega-3 and 341 mg of omega-6. Half a fillet of farmed salmon from the Atlantic contains just a bit more omega-3 — 4,961 mg — but an astounding 1,944 mg of omega-6; more than 5.5 times more than wild salmon.

This lopsided ratio can have negative health ramifications since most people are deficient in omega-3 while already getting far more omega-6 than they need thanks to processed foods, which tend to be high in damaged omega-6 fats.

What does this mean for your health?

I mean, so what if we get more omega 6 than three right, Well, here is the problem with the ratio imbalance…..

Chris Kesser explains that Omega-3s and Omega-6s compete for the enzymes needed for digestion and…

“In plain english, what this means is that the more omega-3 fat you eat, the less omega-6 will be available to the tissues to produce inflammation. Omega-6 is pro-inflammatory, while omega-3 is neutral. A diet with a lot of omega-6 and not much omega-3 will increase inflammation. A diet of a lot of omega-3 and not much omega-6 will reduce inflammation.”

By the way if you want to know who Chris Kesser is….

What is so bad about too much omega 6?

Too much of omega 6 can raise your blood pressure, lead to blood clots that can cause a heart attack and possibly a stroke, and cause your body to retain water. Omega 6 is found in vegetable and processed oils.

Too much omega 6 can cause inflammation 🙁

What is so bad about inflammation?


This snippet is from Dr mercola…..

If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to excess inflammation in your body, a condition linked to asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer and other diseases, depending on which organs the inflammation is impacting.

How does your body trigger that response in the first place?

Inflammation is a defence mechanism that is triggered when tissue is affected by some of the following…





Yep that word again”STRESS”

The famed stress hormone cortisol plays a role in regulating your inflammatory response, but chronic stress can dampen the hormone’s ability to do so, leaving inflammation unchecked, according to a 2012 study from Rockefeller University.

So how do you balance your omega 3 to omega 6?

Start by including the foods below in your diet. Anti-inflammatory foods.

  • Tomatoes

  • Olive Oil

  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards

  • Nuts like almonds and walnuts

  • Fatty fish like wild salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines

  • Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges



And avoiding these where possible

  • Refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries

  • French fries and other fried foods

  • Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages

  • Processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)

  • Margarine, shortening, and lard

So there you have some tips on reducing the inflammation and balancing your 3’s and 6’s.

Get in touch for a tailored plan or just for some great dinner ideas.

Have a read on Dr mercola’s site on inflammation.

Have a great Day


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