Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and this beautiful fish with its gorgeous coloring is not only good for you but when cooked just right the flavor and texture are wonderfully delicious!
The benefits of eating wild salmon are abundant which is why we eat it around once or twice a week in our home, and I always make sure the dog also gets her share!
As a superfood, It can provide our bodies with significant amounts of essential omega-3 fatty acids and is rich in many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to aid in our good health.
With all the good stuff, there is the issue of mercury and other metals that are found in seafood, but some fish are worse than others.
When it comes to salmon you’ll find it on the FDA’s list of the best choices of seafood which takes into account the level of mercury which means salmon has lower levels than most other fish.
The amount found in salmon isn’t too concerning and the benefits of eating wild salmon really outweigh this issue and the FDA recommends 2 – 3 servings of salmon a week as a safe amount. The key to safely eating salmon and other seafoods is to consume it in moderation.
Farmed vs Wild Salmon
At least half of the salmon that is sold throughout the world is farm raised but if you have a choice I always recommend choosing the wild version, and here’s why…
Wild salmon eat various invertebrates found naturally in the water but farmed salmon are given processed fish feed which alters their nutrition and fat content.
The difference in diet makes wild salmon more nutritious and less fatty. It has higher amounts of natural minerals such as iron and calcium, and it also contains more minerals than farm raised.
Farmed salmon typically contain more contaminants than wild salmon but regulations on feed ingredients are beginning to tighten up so this could change down the road.
To get the maximum benefits of eating salmon, go with wild whenever you can.
Benefits of Eating Wild Salmon
Here are 15 wonderful benefits of eating wild salmon to help you decide if it should be a part of your meal plans:
1. A great source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Salmon is a fatty fish and contains a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which supports heart health. It reduces the risk of stroke and heart failure, decreases triglycerides, reduces irregular heartbeats and blood clotting.
Salmon reduces the symptoms of rheumoatoid arthritis & it can reduce inflammation. By reducing inflammation it reduces the risk of developing diseases.
3. Brain Health
Improves cognitive function and supports brain health.
4. Great Source of Protein
Is a great source of protein to help you maintain muscle mass, maintain bone health, and helps your body with healing.
High in astaxantin, an antioxidant which helps maintain skin elasticity, protects your skin from UV damage, and slows down the signs of aging. Astaxantin is what gives salmon its lovely pink color.
6. Contains Zinc
Provides us with zinc which is essential to get on a daily basis as we aren’t able to store it in our bodies. Zinc has many roles responsible for DNA synthesis & protein production, supports the immune system, cell growth and division, & more.
7. Assist with Energy Production
Contain amino acid, Glutamine which assists in energy production.
8. Contains Vitamin D
Has vitamin D which we can produce when our skin is exposed to UV-B rays from the sun and from food. Vit D assists with calcium absorption and it also boosts your immune system.
9. Contains Vitamin A
Good source of vitamin A, an immune-boosting nutrient that is also good for your vision and reproductive system.
10. Contains Vitamin B12
Contains vitamin B12 to keep your appetite healthy and prevents constipation. It supports the health of your central nervous system & helps produce healthy red blood cells.
11. Assists with Healthy Cell Function
Also contains vitamin B3 (aka niacin) which affects how your cells function and creates energy your body needs from the foods you eat.
12. Regulates Mood & Sleep
Contains tryptophan helps the body make melatonin and serotonin, which helps regulate mood and the sleep-wake cycle.
13. A Good Source of Iron
A good source of iron, which is crucial for many bodily processes including delivering oxygen to your cells.
14. Contains Antioxidants
Wild caught salmon contains antioxidants to support cell functioning, and they can protect your body against disease.
15. Contains Selenium
Salmon contains selenium which provides a number of health benefits which play a role in thyroid hormone metabolism, reproduction, and DNA synthesis. It also boosts your immune system.
To get the benefits of wild salmon try to eat it at least once or twice a week. It’s really easy to cook up and doesn’t take long. Try my oven baked feta and spinach salmon… it’s super flavorful and moist. It’s one of my favorite ways to eat it.