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HIGHEST QUALITY FISH AND OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

We all know that salmon is good for you and for your heart.  This is because salmon contains high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA, which are essential to human life and support optimal health in key organs, systems, and life stages*:

  • Aging
  • Vision
  • Metabolism
  • Inflammation
  • Cardiovascular
  • Fetal development
  • Skin, hair, and nails
  • Joints and movement
  • Cognition (thinking), attention, mood, and memory

The only problem is, most salmon – especially at your local grocery store –  is farm raised.  This means that the fish are fed a diet that contains high levels of contaminants which actually cause a lowering of the salmon’s Omega-3 levels, in addition to the threat of mercury, PCBs, and other toxins.

If that doesn’t sound disturbing enough for you, consider this: Farm raised salmon become so unnatural looking that fish farmers often inject them with an orange-colored dye to make them look like “real” salmon.  They can literally choose from a color wheel, similar to what you would find at a paint store, to decide how orange they want the fish to look.  Ew.

In 2004, the Los Angeles Times reported a study that “focused on commercially raised salmon in both the Atlantic and Pacific. It found roughly 10 times more PCBs, dioxins, and pesticide residues in farmed salmon than in the wild variety.”

Finding unpolluted sources of salmon is becoming more and more difficult; that’s why I’m happy to tell you about Vital Choice, a company that is not only committed to providing consumers with high quality wild fish and other organic foods, but also manufactures what many Nutrition experts believe to be the highest quality fish oil available on the market in the form of pure wild caught Alaskan salmon oil.

Lets take a look and see why I recommend Vital Choice Salmon Oil over other brands.  It is:

  • Gluten-free
  • Made with fish gelatin capsules
  • Virgin, whole, natural, unrefined
  • Purity and potency certified by NSF
  • Pure Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Oil
  • Certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
  • 600mg omega-3s per serving (with 240mg EPA + 220mg DHA)
  • Contains no artificial preservatives, color, dairy, starch, wheat, yeast, sugar, or soy

Their whole, unrefined, certified-pure virgin Omega-3 Sockeye Salmon Oil is extracted from wild Alaskan sockeye within hours of harvest. The brilliant orange color, which you won’t find in other Salmon Oil supplements, comes from astaxanthin: a potent antioxidant pigment that wild sockeye acquire by eating krill and other zooplankton.

Standard Omega-3 supplements contain oils from different types of fish which vary widely purity and fat composition. The oils have to undergo chemical refinement to ensure their safety and to consistently provide predictable levels and ratios of omega-3 EPA and DHA. In contrast, because it comes from extraordinarily pure fish, Vital Choice Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Oil does not need to undergo chemical refining.  This is not to say that other fish oil brands are “bad.” There are excellent brands of different types of fish oil on the market; I simply believe that its whole-food attributes make Vital Choice Salmon Oil a rare and powerfully health-promoting omega-3 supplement.  It’s also the one I now personally use on a daily basis  and hope you will consider it to benefit your health as well!

You can purchase Vitality Choice products HERE.  While as of now they only ship their food products to the US, their specialized supplements can be shipped to Canada as well.

Please note:  The links above, as many on this site, are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from sales of certain items, but the price is the same for you. If I post an affiliate link to a product, it is something that I personally use, support and would recommend without an affiliate link and I have not been compensated in any way for review of this or any other product recommended on this site.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

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NUTS ABOUT NUTS!

weight, Rebecca Lazar - NUTS ABOUT NUTS!If you’re afraid to eat nuts because they are high in calories and you are convinced they will make you gain weight, know that the type of fats nuts contain are GOOD for you and studies have shown nuts actually help DECREASE excess body fat when eaten as part of a healthy diet. Nuts are best eaten raw, but dry roasted nuts have benefits as well including ease of digestibility.  If you are allergic to one or more nuts, you should avoid them completely, though some poeple (including myself) have a mild tree nut allergy where raw tree nuts cause a histamine response, while roasted ones do not.

Nuts are excellent sources of minerals, proteins, monounsaturated fats and other nutrients.  Eating just 1.5 ounces a day may reduce the risk of age related degeneration of cognitive skills, motor abilities, heart disease and risk for some cancers.  The omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts can alter the effect of chronic stress on the body by reducing the production of several pro-inflammatory biochemicals in the body which lead to age-related disease.

Nuts are best purchased and stored in their shells, which naturally protect against fee radical damage caused by light and air.  Do not eat or use moldy nuts; if it smells or looks even remotely moldy, it is RANCID.  If you buy shelled nuts, store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.  Crushed nuts, slivered nuts and nut pieces are often rancid, so it’s best to prepare your own from whole nuts.  Here are the health benefits (and some drawbacks) for the most common types of nuts:

ALMONDS

By far my favorite nut, almonds are a great source of calcium, magnesium, Vitamin E and selenium.  They are also the most alkaline of the nuts – typical American/Canadian diets are way too acidic, and acidity is a breeding ground for disease, so consuming more alkaline foods is always helpful.  Almonds also help support colon health and reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.

BRAZIL NUTS

High in selenium, brazil nuts reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer and also play a role in reducing allergies and inflammation.  That being said, due to it’s high selenium content, it’s best to have no more than 1-2 serving twice per week.  As well, it is high in oxalates, so if you have a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones, it’s best to limit consumption.

WALNUTS

Walnuts are full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, contain ellagic acid known to fight cancer and support the immune system and have anti-inflammatory properties important for controlling asthma, arthritis, eczema and psoriasis.

CASHEWS

A good source of minerals and lower in fact than most nuts.  The fat they contain is the heart-healthy oleic acid.

PECANS

Known to reduce cholesterol, pecans are also an excellent source of 19 vitamins and minerals.  Pecans were the nuts used in the studies on weight and body mass index.  Subjects consumed about 3.5 oz. of pecans per day (459 calories and 44 gr of fat), yet their body mas index and weight remained unchanged.

MACADAMIA NUTS

Highest in monounsaturated fats and high in portein, fiber, potassium and magnesium, macadamia nuts also lower triglyceride levels.  Macadamia nut oil is also stable at much higher temperatures than olive oil or canola oil.

PEANUTS

Peanuts, as most people know, is actually not a nut at all, but rather a legume.  Another well-known fact is that peanuts are a highly allergenic food.   This may or may not be due to the overwhelming amount of aflatoxins, a poison produced by the Aspergillus flavus fungus,  which grows well on peanuts.  A known carcinogen, it is 20 times more noxious than DDT.  Peanut also contain large amounts of oxalates (see brazil nuts above)……Although peanuts do have similar health benefits as other nuts, in my practice I generally recommend to limit or avoid their consumption.  Commercially prepared peanut butter should be completely avoided since they use hydrogenated stabilizing oils which are hazardous to the cardiovascular system.

PINE NUTS

Pine nuts are high in magnesium and potassium, two minerals whose combined effects product a strong, healthy heartbeat, lowered blood pressure and improved blood flow.

PISTACHIOS

In addition to lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and raising HDL (good) cholesterol, pistachios contain a compound with anti inflammatory effects.  Another study demonstrated pistachios as effective against jaundice.  Individuals who are allergic to mango and cashews should avoid pistachios as well, since they are from the same family.  Do not consume pistachios with red dye.

Now that you know how great nuts can be for you, toss some nuts on your next salad, in your next cup of organic yogurt or use them in your baked goods.  Enjoy! happy

Source: The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, by Michael Murray N.D.

 

 

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