Heart – Reduced risk of coronary disease
In 2005, the USA government released revised dietary guidelines that placed fish as an important part of ones daily diet. “Evidence suggests an association between fatty acids and reduced risks of mortality from cardiovascular disease for the general population.” (1)
A study reported in the Journal Circulation suggested that sudden cardiac death reduced by as much as 50% in people with a modest intake of omega 3 fatty acids from fish rich in EPA and DHA (like salmon). (6)
Brain – Omega-3 and alzheimers
According to a study in neurology using mice, “the group… fed the DHA rich diet had 70% less build up of amyloid protein in the brain.” This sticky protein is what makes up the plaques in the brain that are the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. (9)
Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis
MS Australia research highlights a direct link between Vitamin D deficiency and MS. Salmon is a great source of Vitamin D and arguably helps fight the onset of MS. (15)
A natural antidepressant
Multiple studies have suggested that omega 3 oil can play a major role in reducing depression.(7) Importantly, the body does not manufacture omega 3 on its own – it has to come from your diet.
Skin – Vitamin D and osteoperosis
An Australian government report in 2005 highlighted calcium and vitamin D deficiency in the diets of many Australians, leading to osteoporosis.
People over 50, those with dark skin, some migrant groups and those who are covered for cultural reasons, have a reduced ability to produce and store vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. (12)
Oily fish like salmon can be a good source of Vitamin D and calcium (especially if you consume the edible bones).
Omega-3 consumption and natural sun protection
Recent research reports suggest that eating just one gram of omega 3 fatty acids daily significantly improved the tolerance of its study group to UVB radiation after just one month. The effect disappeared rapidly once Omega-3 consumption stopped. (13)
Astaxanthin and anti-aging
Astaxanthin is a particularly strong form of carotenoid (the natural pigment which gives salmon their colour) that has been found to have significant effects for skin and anti-aging. It is also a powerful antioxidant which is significantly more effective that Vitamin E. It is just one of a long list of naturally beneficial properties of salmon which not only keep you healthy but also keep you looking good.
1 G. Logie, Health Information – Salmon/ Omega 3, email, Huon Aquaculture Group, 15 Oct. 2007 12:40:18 PM. An attached document, ‘Omega-3 Health Facts’ quotes 2005 Dietary Guidelines issued by the American Agriculture and Health and Human Services dept., Maine USA, 13.01.2005 6 G. Logie, Health Information – Salmon/ Omega 3, email, Huon Aquaculture Group, 15 Oct. 2007 12:40:18 PM. An attached document, ‘Omega – 3 Health Facts’, pp3-4, quotes the journal Circulation, London UK, 8.02.2005 06:15.
9 G. Logie, Health Information – Salmon/ Omega 3, email, Huon Aquaculture Group, 15 October 2007 12:40:18 PM. An attached document, ‘Omega – 3 Health Facts’, pp2-3, quotes Greg M. Cole, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine as reported in the Journal of Neuroscience, online issue, March 23, 2005
15 G. Logie, Health Information – Salmon/ Omega 3, email, Huon Aquaculture Group, 15 October 2007 12:40:18 PM, attached document, ‘Salmon the superfood’, p9.
12 Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Nutrient Reference Values for Australia & New Zealand, Including Recommended Dietary Intakes, Commonwealth of Australia, 2006, pp127-130
13 G. Logie, Health Information – Salmon/ Omega 3, email, Huon Aquaculture Group, 15 October 2007 12:40:18 PM. An attached document, ‘Omega – 3 Health Facts’, p8, makes reference to a study by Rhodes LE et al. Dietary fish oil supplementation in humans reduces UVBerythemal sensitivity but increases epidermal lipid peroxidation. J Invest Dermatol 1994:103:151-154, and also a study by a research group testing ‘the effect of omega 3 fatty acids in people especially susceptible to solar radiation damage’, Liverpool, UK.