Omega-3 Is Great. But Is All Fish Good To Eat These Days? #AMCoffee

Omega-3 & Good-Bad Fish Reminders

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To include fish in your regular diet is an excellent way to boost protein and Omega-3 DHA intake. DHA has been proven to positively influence our eye, brain and heart health. Taking Omega-3 DHA supplements in addition to DHA-rich foods is a must to support our well-being.

We’ve heard about the benefits of eating fish. Yet these days, almost all fish is contaminated with heavy metals and/or grown under questionable conditions at fish farms.

What Can We Do About It?

One thing we can and need to do is to KNOW what’s going on in the fish industry, i.e., heavy metals and unsustainable fish farming.

Mercury is the number one heavy metal that is dominant in fish and can affect people of all ages, especially children and elderly, whose immune system offers some holes in defense. Brain, nervous system, kidneys can be easily undermined and damaged.

Common Signs of Mercury Poisoning

  • Loss of peripheral vision or blurred vision
  • Loss of hearing
  • Numbness, burning, and tingling (“pins and needles”) feelings in the hands, feet, and around the mouth
  • Lack of coordination of movements
  • Impairment of speech, hearing, and walking
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Loss of memory
  • Tremors
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Headaches

There’s no such thing as a mercury-free fish. However, some fish contain dangerously high levels of mercury than others. Fish like swordfish, shark, orange roughy, and tuna tend to have the highest levels of mercury.

Pay attention to the sustainability factor as well. When fish is caught governed by protection laws of nature, water, environment, with people’s and animals’ livelihood alike – that’s the fish to be thankful for.

Here are the fish that has to be avoided always, as they are full of mercury and not sustainably caught.

Always Avoid These Fish Options

  • King Mackerel
  • Marlin
  • Orange Roughy
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • Tilefish
  • Big Eye Tuna
  • Bluefin Tuna

Limit These Fish Options –
Contaminated + Low in Omega-3 + Unsustainably Fished

  • Cod
  • Canned Light Tuna
  • Lobster
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Whitefish
  • Flounder
  • Perch
  • Monkfish
  • Eel
  • Snapper
  • Yellowfin Tuna
  • Grouper
  • Weakfish
  • Walleye

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  1. good morning well i have to come back later see today is our window to plant the garden they say no rain the day is the perfect time to get it in before more rain and hot hot week coming so i must go for now this is a great topic we eat fish but we limit how much we do ok ladies talk to you after the garden is done

    • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

      Karen,
      Go do it when you can!
      We are poured on continuously for 3-4 days now. Rain stopped now, but it’s going to be like that for a week, they say.

      • We spent Saturday and Sunday planting our garden and still not done. We did get rain on Monday and weatherman calling for a sunny weekend.

        • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

          Barbara,
          We are under the constant rain pour here!
          It’s been raining for 4 days.
          Just now, it got some no rain time.

          • It rained last night and its grey here today! I’m running late I went and cleaned my grandpas house yesterday and seems the dust kind of triggered my head storm that was going on past few days! I am getting my mom to read this one !!!

            • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

              Hi Wendi,
              Happy to hear that your MOM would be browsing here!
              Anybody could benefit from this easy-to-digest information!

  2. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:
  3. Cindy Merrill says:

    On the “Safe Fish” topic- Sardines are not eaten as often as they used to be and I’ve read that it’s a good fish to eat., Does make a very good fish cake, when binded with sour dough bread crumbs, egg and seasonings.

    • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

      Cindy,
      Sardines are some of the best in fish oil content. Again, we can eat many fish types, just need to be aware what’s going on in the industry and nature.
      These 2 Things we Can Do!

      #1 Eat Cold Water Fish (like wild Alaskan Salmon)
      #2 Alternate Fish we eat: change fish type from salmon to tuna to trout, as an example.
      Don’t load up on salmon alone or tuna alone. This is one of the ways to limit the bad stuff we consume.

  4. Done.

  5. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    What Is the Difference Between DHA and Omega-3?

    Many use these terms – Omega-3 and DHA – equally. This is not as things are.

    DHA is part of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are crucial to our brain, eyes, heart health.

    When you see omega-3, it’s important to realize that not all omegas are created equal.

    Here’s an easy breakdown for you:

    Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
    DHA is a long chain omega-3 fatty acid important for brain and eye development and function throughout life. It also supports heart health. DHA is the most abundant omega-3 in the brain and retina and is naturally found in breast milk.

    Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
    EPA is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid important for overall health. However, unlike DHA, the body does not store EPA in significant quantities in the brain or retina (DHA is found in every cell throughout the body, EPA is not).

    Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA)
    ALA, an essential fatty acid (EFA), is a shorter-chain omega-3 that serves as a source of energy and as a building block for long-chain
    omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA).

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    • I have never been a big fish eater, Maybe tuna every once in a while. And Native fish when you husband catches some.

    • Katrina Angele says:

      I do not eat any seafood at all….ever. Do not like it. I need to find a good supplement to make up for what I’m missing out on.

      • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

        Katrina,
        You may want to look into KRILL Omega-3 DHA supplement. It is one of the best out there.
        I take in both, fish-based and krill-based, alternating them every other month.

  6. This is good to know.

  7. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    Which is better EPA or DHA in fish oil?

    Both EPA and DHA are important, as they do different things in our bodies.

    DHA is the one we are after for!

    Benefits of EPA

    The ultimate goal of using omega-3 fatty acids is the reduction of cellular inflammation.

    Since eicosanoids derived from arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid, are the primary mediators of cellular inflammation, EPA becomes the most important of the omega-3 fatty acids to reduce cellular inflammation for a number of reasons. First, EPA is an inhibitor of the enzyme delta-5-desaturase (D5D) that produces AA (1).

    The more EPA you have in the diet, the less AA you produce. This essentially chokes off the supply of AA necessary for the production of pro-inflammatory eicosanoids (prostaglandins, thromboxanes, leukotrienes, etc.).

    DHA is not an inhibitor of this enzyme because it can’t fit into the active catalytic site of the enzyme due to its larger spatial size. As an additional insurance policy, EPA also competes with AA for the enzyme phospholipase A2 necessary to release AA from the membrane phospholipids (where it is stored).

    Inhibition of this enzyme is the mechanism of action used by corticosteroids. If you have adequate levels of EPA to compete with AA (i.e. a low AA/EPA ratio), you can realize many of the benefits of corticosteroids but without their side effects. That’s because if you don’t release AA from the cell membrane then you can’t make inflammatory eicosanoids. Because of its increased spatial dimensions, DHA is not a good competitor of phospholipase A2 relative to EPA.

    On the other hand, EPA and AA are very similar spatially so they are in constant competition for the phospholipase A2 enzyme just as both fatty acids are in constant competition for the delta-5 desaturase enzyme. This is why measuring the AA/EPA ratio is such a powerful predictor of the state of cellular inflammation in your body.

    Source: Psychology Today

  8. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    CONT: Which is better EPA or DHA in fish oil?

    Benefits of DHA

    At this point, you might think that DHA is useless. Actually just the opposite, because DHA can do a lot of different things that EPA can’t do..

    First difference is in the area of omega-6 fatty acid metabolism.

    Whereas EPA is the inhibitor of the enzyme (D5D) that directly produces AA, DHA is an inhibitor of another key enzyme delta-6-desaturase (D6D) that produces the first metabolite from linoleic acid known as gamma linolenic acid or GLA (6).

    However, this is not exactly an advantage. Even though reduction of GLA will eventually decrease AA production, it also has the more immediate effect of reducing the production of the next metabolite known as dihomo gamma linolenic acid or DGLA. This can be a disaster as a great number of powerful anti-inflammatory eicosanoids are derived from DGLA.

    This is why if you use high-dose DHA it is essential to add back trace amounts of GLA to maintain sufficient levels of DGLA to continue to produce anti-inflammatory eicosanoids.

    Source: Psychology Today

  9. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    Krill Oil Stands Apart When It Comes To Omega-3 DHA

    The easiest way to ensure you are receiving optimal omega-3 intake (and in turn, the optimal health benefits associated with omega-3’s), is through daily supplementation. Krill Oil happens to be one of the most superior omega-3 supplements available on the market today. Why? Check these facts out.

    Refer to this Post

    I did Earlier of Superiority of Krill-based Omega-3 DHA.

    • Just something everyone needs to know. The supplements will give you gas. LOL And will really upset breastfeed babies.

      • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

        Barbara,
        Breastfeeding moms need to be careful what they take in!

        As for gas from supplements – it is not true.
        Each person’s gut flora is different. Our bodies react to different ingredients in the supplement in a unique way.
        It may be something that supplements trigger in the boy. But quality supplements do not give gas.

        Gas could be an interim phase as a body adjusts to a changing microflora.

  10. So supplementation is key here.

    • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

      Yes, Lisa,
      Supplements are the way to go to boost the amount of Omega-3 DHA.
      We do not need to supplement EPA, as it is easily comes with many other foods.

  11. So are you still taking the Krill Oil supplements from the same company or do you have one you prefer?

    • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

      Lisa,
      I have researched all Krill Oil supplements on Amazon.
      Their brand – Viva Naturals Krill Oil – comes up as the HIGHEST IN DHA CONTENT PER THE SAME DOSE ( 2 Capsules.)
      We need DHA, not any other Omega-3 to supplement.

      I get this one HERE.

      The DHA is 95 mg/doze 2 capsules. All the rest brands are at 70 or 80, and there are some lower.

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      • the chiropractor gave me some for Jack i did try to put it on his food but he would not eat it and will not swallow the pill he said it was good for autistic kids to take it i wish i could get him to

        • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

          It would be a huge support for Jack, Karen.
          Try it again many times, up to 10-12, before he would take it.
          Keep trying.

  12. Katrina Angele says:

    I am just getting ready to resupply my supplements. I’ll make sure to add krill oil supplements to the list to research.

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