Salmon, the pink and perfect protein

By | March 19, 2014

Salmon are strong and mighty fish built to travel 1000’s of miles and thrive in both fresh and salt waters.  After a life of feeding and growing in the ocean, salmon return to their birth streams to spawn and die, their carcasses providing nutrition to the whole ecosystem lending to lush trees and foliage.  Wild salmon seek out the highest quality zooplankton, invertebrates, squid, shrimp and other small fish to eat.  And in turn salmon is a high quality, nutrient dense food for bears, eagles and humans too.  Currently The Monterey Bay Aquarium3 lists wild Pacific salmon as the healthiest most sustainable choice.

Salmon’s protein keeps our muscles strong.  Bioactive peptides are unique, short protein molecules found in salmon that are thought to decrease joint cartilage & gut inflammation and increase the effectiveness of insulin.  Salmon is an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids and boasts a systemic friendly omega-3:omega-6 ratio of 5.5:1.  Your heart, cardiovascular system, brain (better mood!), joints and eyes all benefit from omega-3 intake.  And cancer risk has been shown to be significantly lowered with omega-3 consumption from fish.

The abundant serving of selenium we get from eating salmon helps decrease joint inflammation, prevent colorectal cancer and keeps the cardiovascular system pumpin’ well.    Salmon also gives us a good dose of the B-complex vitamins choline, niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), B6, B12 and biotin along with the fat soluble vitamin D and the minerals potassium & phosphorus.  B-complex vitamins are involved with the nervous system, help decrease inflammation, assist with fat metabolism and have heavy involvement with the electron transport system which passes an oxygen molecule from B vitamin to B vitamin (and other substrates) resulting in ATP, energy.  Energetic cells equals energetic you!

Salmon should be enjoyed as often as possible.

Sources:
1. the world’s healthiest foods
2. Trout Unlimited
3. Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
4. Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism, Gropper, Smith & Groff, ISBN:  0-534-55986-7