The Natural Way: Fishy subject
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.