Archive for August, 2009

Salmon: Farmed vs. Wild? Not Anymore!

August 18th, 2009

(Syndicated News) In recent years, much of the news coverage involving the salmon industry has centered on the health impacts of wild versus farmed salmon — most notably differing levels of chemicals (both good and bad) found in the two types. To a lesser extent, media coverage has also surrounded the economical impact that the farming of salmon has had on the industry as a whole. While the battle over health impacts continues to rage on, however, a recent report released by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) seems to have cleared up any negativity towards the economic impact of salmon farming.

“The report is important in that it reveals the popularity of farmed salmon is not a significant detrimental factor to the economic status of wild salmon harvesters,” states Laura McNaughton of Salmon of the Americas ( “Farmed salmon and wild salmon both have their niche, and the report reveals what many industry insiders have known for years — that the salmon industry would be doing itself a huge disservice by eliminating farmed salmon.”

In addition to eliminating speculation that the farming of salmon was generally hurting commercial fisheries in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, the report even went so far as to add that salmon farming has advanced the industry in ways that traditional, wild-caught methods could have never achieved on their own.

One of the study’s authors, Dr. Gunnar Knapp, feels the report does more than clear up any misconceptions about the economic status of the salmon industry — it introduces a new element of relevance to the debate.

“A fundamental point … is that the debate should not be about wild versus farmed, but whether each method of production is being done right,” says Knapp.

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Salmon Consumption Leads Age-Related Macular Degeneration Prevention

August 18th, 2009

(Syndicated News) Of all age-related diseases, perhaps nothing is more dreaded than age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – a deterioration of the retina that leads to eventual blindness. Commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 55, instances of AMD have increased dramatically over the past decade as average life expectancy continues to reach all-time highs. Fortunately, experts state that preventing AMD can be as simple as selecting a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. According to Laura McNaughton of Salmon of the America’s farmed salmon is one of the easiest ways to obtain the nutrient.
“Farmed salmon has been proven to contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids,” states Laura McNaughton. “With recent reports stating that omega-3 can help prevent age-related macular degeneration, it’s the perfect food to eat on a regular basis.”
A new study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, in fact, states that consumption of fish rich in omega-3 can cut the risk of developing AMD by as much as 40 percent. The study comes on the heels of recent research by the Harvard University School of Public Health dispelling myths associating salmon consumption with mercury contamination. This, says McNaughton, is just one of many reasons that salmon should be a staple on family menus. While both wild and farmed salmon make up a healthy diet, farmed salmon contains larger amounts of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acides.
“Omega-3 is associated with more than just eye health. It improves memory function, benefits the circulatory system, and contributes to all-around bodily improvement,” says McNaughton. “People of all ages should be including farmed salmon on their weekly menu. After all, it’s never too late or too early to focus on health and it’s easy to see how farmed salmon contributes to a healthy body.”

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Fishing for a Healthy Mind? Look No Further than Ocean Farmed Salmon

August 18th, 2009

(Syndicated News) Despite the miraculous advancements that take place on a yearly basis in the field of medicine, the human body continues to defy science in ways that leave experts shaking their heads in frustration. Take, for example, the current state of mental health in America. Are there medications designed to treat problems such as degenerative tissue diseases, brain chemical imbalances and memory loss? Of course. Are such drugs always as effective as promised? Not quite. What has proven consistently reliable in the medical field, however, are nutrition-based solutions, and it’s something that Salmon of the Americas ( spokesperson Laura McNaughton is proud to be associated with.
“Recent studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are not only essential for human health, but are a key component in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease,” says McNaughton. “When it comes to potent sources of omega-3, nothing tops fish — especially farmed salmon.”
Of particular interest to scientists is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — a group of omega-3 acids readily found in salmon. DHA has been shown to not only lead to better heart health, but to prevent the development of harmful brain plaques commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Harvard University studies have also shown that pregnant women who consume such fatty acids are likely to increase the intellectual development of their unborn children.
“Farmed salmon is brain food,” says McNaughton. “In fact, experts are now advising individuals to consume fish at least one to two times per week in order maximize the benefits of omega-3 intake. As summarized in a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health, ocean farmed salmon has the highest level of omega-3 fatty acids per serving of all fish. With research showing farmed salmon to be superior to wild salmon in terms of omega-3 content, the choice is clear from a consumer-interest standpoint.”

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