Thursday, October 14, 2010

Salmon & Omega-3s

I just got done having possibly the best, most spectacular APPEALING lunch ever. As seen in this pic...

...It is a 5oz filet of Wild Atlantic CoHo Salmon (about 14$/lb..yikes) with steamed mixed vegetables underneath and sauteed spinach with garlic and shallots over the top. Oh my goodness gracious.. I sat in spectacle of this dish and Ooo'd and Ahh'd over it wishing I could show someone. Luckily I have this blog to show all of you.

I didn't even realize this but I seemed to have something in front of me that was Omega-3 heaven. Some of you might still be in the dark but lately you may have heard something about Omega-6s not being as good as Omega-3s. Well it seems to be true. Perhaps it is more in the ratio of Omega-6:Omega-3One thing that Omega-6 can do on a cellular level is cause inflammation. Inflammation can be bad when it occurs in the body and can lead to diseases such as arthritis, cancers, atherosclerosis or heart disease. Inflammation is a normal response to injury. It is when our white blood cells consume foreign materials or debris (bad stuff). If our body mistakes our own healthy tissue as a foreign invader, the protective immune system can damage its own tissues; that is an autoimmune disorder.

To fix the omega imbalance, there is 2 things that we need to do. Increase omega-3 and decrease omega-6. If you remember me calling my meal from above an omega-3 paradise, it is because salmon is chock full of the good stuff (Just under 4 grams of omega-3s) and what did I cook it in? The almighty BUTTER; which is actually fairly low in omega-6s.. (less than a gram). I used no vegetable oil which can be high in omega-6 content and if I do cook with oil, I primarily use organic refined coconut oil. The stuff is GREAT and great for you! 

A 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who consumed 1.9 grams of omega-3s daily with some cardio, noticed a reduction in body fat, lowered triglycerides, and raised the good HDL cholesterol. Way to go omega-3s... I now shall call you the superman of fats!

There you go people, try to get more O-3s and less O-6s (I got tired of typing omega..) by consuming more grass-fed beef, coconut oil and organic butter and less pre-made salad dressings or mayonnaise (I like mustard anyway)! Check out this link for more food ideas at 180 degree Health, about 3/4 the way down the page in a post called, "How to Reduce Omega 6 Tissue Concentration"

Time to get my omega on and sprint a lil' bit...

In Omega Health,



  1. The CoHo Salmon looks 'mouthwatering' as well as the rest of the meal! It's amazing how many great sources of omegas we don't know exist. Now all I need is the cook.

  2. I know! Some more really good sources of omega-3s are grass-fed beef, coconut products (milk and oil), other oily fish like sardines, macadamia and walnuts!