Omega 3 deficiency kills 96,000 americans check out this link

October 20th, 2009

Omega 3 deficiency kills 96,000 americans check out this link

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What’s Up Doc? Something fishy is good for you

October 15th, 2009

Q: What are the health benefits of fish oil, and how much fish do I need to eat to get them? Is tuna packed in oil better for you than tuna packed in water because of the extra fish oil?

A: As many people know, too much saturated fat in your diet (typically from fatty meats and full-fat dairy products) may raise the risk of atherosclerotic disease (clogging of the arteries), which can lead to heart disease, stroke and/or peripheral vascular disease.

On the other hand, polyunsaturated fats, such as those found in fish, nuts and vegetable oils, have health benefits and reduce the risk of coronary artery heart disease.

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6 foods to increase your brain-power

October 15th, 2009

Whether you’re heading back to classes or to work after a vacation, you might need a brain boost. Instead of overdosing on coffee or jittery energy drinks, here are some fresh foods to help keep your brain in top shape Salmon: There aren’t too many things wrong with salmon. It’s tasty, low in mercury, often a sustainable choice and high in protein and omega-3 fats. Those fats, especially “DHA” (the kind found in fish), are vital for boosting brain development, improving function and decreasing inflammation.

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Omega 3: Not Just Another Fish Story

October 1st, 2009

Omega 3 is from a family of “good” fats or polyunsaturated fatty acids. Fats are needed for normal body functions and play an important part in normal cell growth and functioning. Omega 3 also belongs to the group of “essential fatty acids” or those which the body can’t produce. These essential fatty acids are important in maintaining optimal body health, so a diet rich in Omega 3 is important.

The Japanese have been known to have long life expectancies. Studies have shown that they maintain a healthy diet which is mainly composed of fish. Unlike animal meat, fish meat contains fats which are essential and healthy. Having a fish diet provides us with large amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids which are beneficial to our health.

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Attention Deficit Disorder and Omega 3 Fish Oil- What’s The Link?

October 1st, 2009

Do you have a family member who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity? If so, some studies have indicated that a daily dose of Omega 3 fatty acids may be worth investigating as a possible treatment.

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How healthy is your brain?

October 1st, 2009

What are the secrets to maintaining a healthy brain? According to a first-of-its-kind index, it may depend on where you live. If you live in the District of Columbia, you can consider yourself among the healthiest brains in America, according to the first comprehensive state-by-state measure of the nation’s brain health.

Residents of the top three ranking geographies – the District of Columbia, Maryland and Washington state – claim to consume high amounts of DHA omega-3, the good fat for maintaining your mental muscle that can be found in DHA-fortified foods, supplements and certain fish, including salmon and trout.

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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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The Use Of Antibiotics And Hormones In Farmed Salmon: Facts Not Fiction

April 29th, 2009

Many people have long carried the flag branding aquaculture with negative labels. They state that farmers boost and improve the production on their farms by injecting antibiotics, hormones, and other growth boosting chemicals into their salmon. Facts they present are skewed, and in many instances, just plain wrong. Just like raising any other type of animal, medications are sometimes needed. However, they are only used when it is absolutely necessary.


It is not uncommon for meats of all kinds to include a higher level of hormones. Many of these are added to the meat during the production process. However, this isn’t the case with farmed salmon; facts released to the contrary are completely false. In fact, hormones are not used at all in aquaculture. This means that salmon is one of the healthiest meats you can consume in addition to supplying your body with the essential fatty acids it needs to maintain a high level of health.

Antibiotics And Medications

A popular myth in many circles is that farmers use antibiotics and medications to boost stock numbers as well as the size of salmon. Facts presented by many groups indicate this was a common practice. In a way, this is true, but not the way it is being made out to be.

Medications such as antibiotics are used on farms, but only to treat fish that have become ill. This does improve production numbers and quality because fewer individuals die. They also lose less weight because they are not sick for long periods. This is not unlike anything you would do for any other animal, pet, or even a family member. Organic farms and many others do not administer drugs at any time.

The Administration Process Of Drugs

While rules surrounding the use of antibiotics do change depending on the country of origin, they are never neglected or misused. In Norway, for example, the use of antibiotics is not allowed at all. In Canada, they are only allowed in extreme circumstances. Even then, a veterinarian must submit a request to the government outlining the circumstances under which it is being used. If it is approved, the vet is only given a small amount to use.

In the United States, antibiotics are only used when necessary. Once a veterinarian feels it is required, he or she is present while the drugs are being administered. All farmers have to follow the rules and regulations set out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This includes staying within acceptable levels.

For those involved in the production of salmon, facts about the health of their stocks as well as the health of consumers is a top priority. They ensure farmers operate in a way that is as environmentally friendly as possible. They also want to make sure consumers get a quality, great-tasting product that is nothing but 100% good for them. In an effort to achieve this, those involved in aquaculture will continue to study and research options in order to keep on the cutting edge of the industry.

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