Doctors used to be perplexed by an apparent paradox: Eskimos and Inuit tribes (who haven’t been lured by the typical Western diet) have an extremely low rate of heart disease, despite eating foods that are high in fat and cholesterol. Studies revealed that a secret that revolutionizing scientific thinking about how to avoid plaque in the arteries: the Eskimos’ diet was rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Salmon (and other cold-water fatty fish) are packed with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), two of the heart-healthiest omega-3 fatty acids. Both dial down inflammation and BHA also reduces blood pressure.
However, it’s crucial to choose wild salmon, since farmed salmon can actually be toxic, a scary study by Indiana University found. The researchers reported that farmed salmon contains high levels of several pesticides, dioxin (a known carcinogen), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs, endocrine-disrupting chemicals used as flame-retardants in plastics and textiles). The source of these contaminants is the feed used in fish farms.
That’s why wild-caught salmon is the heart-smart option. Here are several ways that wild salmon helps ward off cardiovascular threats:
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