The Natural Way: Fishy subject

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Catfish, bass and crappie can

be great eating and a lot of fun

in the getting but you have to

go to the ocean for heart-saving

benefits from fish. Eating cold-water ocean fish

like salmon and fresh tuna may reduce coronary

artery disease (CAD), which then reduces the

chance of heart attack or stroke.

While I have written about this before, I thought

it important to say again because of a powerful article

in the September issue of the American Journal

of Clinical Nutrition. A new study has shown

that eating fish is also associated with reduced

progression of coronary artery plaque buildup in

postmenopausal women with coronary artery disease.

Men have heart attacks at a younger age then

women usually starting in the late 40’s and women

in the mid 50’s. But we all know people much

younger who have plaque/heart attack/ stroke and

hardening of the arteries.

Scientists examined the connection between

fish intake and the progression of coronary artery

disease in 229 postmenopausal women. Those

who ate the most fish proved to keep the arteries

more clear and reduced the areas of clogs.

Think about the fireplaces and chimneys most

of us have in our houses. Just by using them, soot

(plaque) will build up in the flue and chimney.

Sometimes, we’ll get a pine log full of pitch and

get too much soot. Without a good chimney sweep

we run the risk of a chimney fire (heart attack/

stroke) that could burn our home down. We think

fish oil (Omega 3) can, like the chimney sweep,

clean things up. Most all people accumulate soot.

Here in the Ozarks we have to make a pretty

good effort to get ocean fish in our diets. Besides,

we also have to like the taste of fish without it being

breaded and deep-fried. A diet low in ocean

fish oil has also been connected to moodiness/depression

and poor skin health. I like 2000-3000mg/

day of Omega 3 fish oil yielding at least 500mg

of DHA taken daily. I’ve found swallowing one

with a meal makes it easy and reduces the chance

of “fishy burps,” although a quality product will

be made to keep that from happening along with

eliminating mercury from the sea. An excellent

and environmentally sound replacement for Krill

oil is Calamari oil.

Still, fishing for catfish, bass or crappie sure

beats a day at work.