On this page we are providing some information about wild fish, mostly wild salmon and specifically Alaskan salmon, and wild seafood and why it's important where your fish and seafood comes from. The absolute, hands down best, is Alaskan salmon. Alaska is also the very best place to get all of your wild seafood.
It doesn't matter what body of water it comes from there is no seafood that can be labeled organic. This is because there is no possible way to regulate what they are exposed to, so seafood has to be labeled "natural" or "wild caught". However, that's only part of the answer, where wild fish and wild seafood are caught has a great deal to do with the quality and safety of the product.
The key word to look for on any seafood is "wild". If it's labeled wild that means that it came from the open ocean, river or lake. If you don't see the word "wild", odds are that it's from one of the hundreds of fish farms. You may be wondering, what's wrong with fish farms?
Farm raised fish or as some call it, "Atlantic Salmon" or "ocean raised" brings with it, in most cases, serious health risks. Don't be fooled by that last little trick. Seems that all of the bad publicity about
fish farms is starting to cut into the profits of these folks. After reading that page I'm sure you will have a better understanding as to why we recommend that you eat only wild seafood.
Wild seafood, especially wild salmon, caught in the open ocean is the only fish anyone should even consider eating. The best of the best is that which comes from the clean cold waters off the coast of Alaska. Until you've had a thick firm Alaskan salmon steak, you haven't experienced what real salmon tastes like.
The attraction of Alaskan salmon is the fact that the ocean waters in Alaska are still relatively free of pollution and very cold. The state of Alaska has strict regulations on anything that could potentially pollute any of the rivers which empty into the ocean.
If you can't get Alaskan salmon the next best choice would be wild salmon caught further south off the coast of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The third choice would be those caught in the rivers flowing into the Pacific Ocean. After that, you take your chances.
Wild salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be a very beneficial substance in reducing medical conditions related to heart, arteries and general blood health. People with circulatory problems, such as varicose veins, can benefit from the oils found in salmon. Salmon oil stimulates blood circulation and it has been shown to help reduce blood pressure.
There is strong evidence that Omega-3 fatty acids help significantly in the reduction of triglycerides and as a regular part of ones diet helps to reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke. There are also reports of the Omega-3 found in wild salmon having some benefit for patients with cardiac arrhythmia and rheumatoid arthritis.
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