These days, the hottest foods are ones that combine delicious taste and natural health benefits. That’s why wild caught salmon has become all the rage. There’s a reason why it shows up on countless “superfood” lists, and is increasingly popular as a healthy option on restaurant menus. Wild caught salmon has real, powerful health benefits that make a great deal of sense, especially when the way these fascinating fish live is more closely examined.
Before talking about salmon, let’s look quickly at the physiology of our own bodies, specifically the brain. It goes without saying just how important brain health is for the quality and longevity of life. What many people don’t realize, however, is that the brain consists mostly of fat. One omega-3 fatty acid that plays an integral role in the nervous system is DHA. It assists with cell signaling, allowing information to move smoothly between the brain, spine and other parts of the body. Not only do we need healthy sources of fat to keep the brain strong, we also need DHA to increase fluid mobility. It has been proven that higher levels of DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids can increase brain function while preventing neurological deficiencies and disorders.
Salmon are often recognized for the way they swim upstream. In nature, they do this for the purpose of laying eggs. To perform the feat, salmon have evolved into being one of the strongest animals on the planet. As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Indeed, salmon gain much of their strength from astaxanthin, a carotenoid and anti-oxidant found in the red algae they consume. Astaxanthin provides salmon with the omega-3 fatty acids they need for neurological and cardiovascular function, and also happens to give them the pink color they’ve come to be famous for. In turn, when salmon is eaten by humans, all of that healthy energy, including the full spectrum of essential amino acids, is harnessed into what also happens to be a delicious, satisfying food.
Is it that much of a big deal for salmon to be “wild-caught”? Actually, it most definitely is. Farm-raised salmon don’t eat the same way their wild counterparts do, because they don’t need the high level of strength to survive in their natural habitat. Farmed salmon are fed an inexpensive diet of grain and meat, usually failing to achieve the pinkish hue that represents healthy amounts of astaxanthin. To compensate, synthetic astaxanthin from unnatural, chemical sources is used. The result is a less healthy, more toxic fish.
Not convinced yet? Order some of our wild caught salmon filets, or any of our other products, to taste and feel the difference of quality, fresh-caught fish.