I used to fish at least three days a week. I loved everything about fishing and being on a boat, even when it rained. I was lucky enough to have a fishing boat that had covering. It came in useful when I was out on a slow day and wanted to play cribbage between bites.
We fished on the river during the week and in the ocean on the weekend.
Check out the photos below, one of the photos was a fun local trip to catch sturgeon, (not a keeper) and the other is from my last fishing trip in 2005. We caught 24 salmon that weekend.
Salmon is one of my favorite fish to consume, and today I want you to have some extra knowledge on the benefits of wild caught salmon.
Some benefits of Wild Caught Salmon include:
- Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, it’s the best source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, both EPA and DHA. If you read my Essential Fatty Acids Newsletter, you might remember that unlike most other fats, omega-3 fatty acids are “essential,” meaning that you must get them from your diet since you can’t create them.
- Excellent Source of Protein, like omega-3 fats, protein is an essential nutrient that you must get from your diet.
- High in B Vitamins, Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin, Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B9 (folic acid), Vitamin B12. B vitamins work together to maintain the optimal functioning of your brain and nervous system. Yay for me, I need some brainpower.
- Excellent Source of Potassium.
- Good source of Selenium, this trace mineral is essential in everyone’s diet.
- Contains the Antioxidant Astaxanthin, Say what? Astaxanthin is a compound linked to several powerful health effects, and it is a member of the carotenoid family of antioxidants. Astaxanthin is what gives salmon its red pigment.
- May Improve cholesterol levels, consuming salmon, and other fatty fish have been found to lower triglycerides and raise levels of omega-3 fats more than fish oil supplements.
- Help Fight Inflammation, studies have found that eating more salmon helps reduce Inflammation, and we can all use that.
- May Protect Brain Health, both fatty fish and fish oil, have been found to reduce symptoms of depression, decrease anxiety, slow age-related memory loss, and lower the risk of dementia.
Please do not buy farm raised fish of any type
Farmed salmon are fed pellets made out of fish oil and smaller fish, ground-up chicken feathers, poultry litter (yes, that’s poop), genetically modified yeast, soybeans, and chicken fat.
For additional information on the Wild vs. Farm raised https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Food/Fish/FarmedSalmon
Try my favorite pan fried salmon, it’s so delicious and easy