Omega 3 Benefits outweigh Mercury Concerns
Last week one study said that Omega 3 vitamin benefits were overstated. Today another university study says that Omega benefits outweigh mercury concerns.
Confusing? I agree.
Lets look at studies but always do what long term we know that is right. Eat good healthy food.
A team of researchers has conducted a study which found that the health benefits of fish outweigh the negative impacts when consumers choose wisely.
The joint study out of Sweden and Finland aimed to create a risk-benefit model that would shed light on the risk of mercury consumption, versus the value of omega-3 fatty acids
Good Omegas vs Mercury, which have been linked to everything from heart health to cognitive function and improved eyesight.
The study was published in the October issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study examined mercury levels and omega-3 concentrations in the hair and blood samples of 361 Swedish men and 211 men from Finland, all of whom had suffered from a heart attack.
Is there Much to Worry About?
While methyl mercury in fish may, indeed, pose a health risk, even a small change in fish consumption was found to prevent 7 percent of heart attacks in men, as long as mercury levels remained low.
Eat fish, but avoid large predatory species like pike and perch which contain a lot more mercury than smaller ones.
The Food and Drug Administration also offers a consumer’s guide to different types of fish,
- Advising against the consumption of shark, swordfish, King mackerel and tilefish for their high mercury content.
- Five of the most commonly eaten types of seafood low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish.
- Eat up to 12 ounces (the equivalent of two average meals) a week of fish and shellfish that are low in mercury.
- Opt for canned light tuna over albacore tuna, which contains more mercury.
Do you eat a lot of fish? I know that I do not but should really look at eating more. Fish is high in good fats like Omega 3‘s and more importantly it helps to diversify our diet and make it fuller and richer which is good for most people.
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Also, I understand wild salmon is better than farmed salmon because it has less dioxins and PCBs. The reason being that it is the feed given to the farmed salmon. The only problem is that wild is more expensive. However, most of these contaminants are in the skin, so you can get rid of them by peeling off the skin.
I think as long as we all make it to a minimum, we’ll all be fine. As what we all say too much is bad for all kinds, be it food or any of the things we have.