Are you eating enough fish to support your fertility, hormones and cycle? And are you eating the right kind of fish to supercharge your fertility?
Find out the fertility benefits of wild salmon, the difference between wild salmon and farmed salmon, wild salmon species, how to sustainably source salmon, a simple way to eat it and where to buy it.
This is a guest blog by Adriana Kusnirova from Alaska Fresh.
Fertility Benefits Of Wild Salmon
Wild Alaskan salmon, especially Copper River sockeye salmon, is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, healthy proteins, vitamins and minerals from glacial-fed waters. Wild salmon is good for fertility because it contains:
- Vitamin A, B12, C, D and E
The differences in quality and health benefits are immense. Wild salmon live in their natural environment. A wild salmon fish is born in a freshwater stream, then it travels to the saltwater ocean where it swims thousands of miles and builds healthy muscle. When the fish matures, it returns back to the very stream where it was born to reproduce and die.
Wild salmon consumes a diet rich in minerals and wild plankton and naturally develops all of its qualities and characteristics, including its famous deep pink color.
Farmed salmon is often born and raised on a fish farm in a cramped pen. It eats man-made fish feed which requires a lot of resources to create. Diseases spread very easily in such an environment so farmed fish are often given antibiotics to prevent illnesses.
Did you know that farmed salmon is a pale grey color? The farmers add food colorant to make farmed salmon look pink.
Types Of Wild Salmon
The types of wild salmon differ in appearance and also nutrient content. If you’re looking for high levels of Omega-3s and bold flavor, go for Alaskan king or sockeye, ideally from the Copper River area.
If that’s too rich for you, try pink, keta or coho salmon. Especially pink salmon deserves an honorable mention – it is often underestimated for its smaller size and reputation of a fish from a can, but it has a super mild flavor, it’s surprisingly high in protein and it’s very affordable.
Sustainably Sourced Salmon
Alaska Fresh work directly with salmon and halibut fishermen in Alaska who fish in sustainable fisheries that are strongly regulated by the government to ensure that the wild fish are not overfished and return for many generations into the future.
Adriana and her husband used to live in Alaska and get all of their fish from their friends who commercially fish out of Cordova, Alaska, a very small, remote fishing village on the coast. They absolutely love telling their stories and are proud to know the source and path of how the fish came from the ocean and to our customers’ tables.
Wild Salmon Dishes
Salmon is Adriana’s version of fast food. It’s what she makes when she hasn’t planned anything and needs a quick, healthy dinner. She puts the wild salmon skin side down on parchment paper, adds a little salt and bakes it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes while she prepares a killer side to go with it.
It’s done when the white natural fats have marbled out of the meat. You can also make it on the grill or in a pan. You don’t need to do anything fancy with wild Alaskan salmon, the fish is such an amazing flavor.
Recommendation From Rachel
I love to buy products that I can fully get behind. If I lived in America, this would be one of them. Alaska Fresh sells and delivers nationwide through their online store Alaska Fresh Shop. Use the FERTILITYHERO coupon code at checkout for $10 off of your first order of $50 or more.
I don’t get an affiliate fee for recommending this product. I’m sharing it with you because I think it’s important to understand the difference between wild and farmed salmon for your fertility. And to buy wild salmon from a source that you can trust.
So now you know the fertility benefits of wild salmon, the difference between wild salmon and farmed salmon, wild salmon species, how to sustainably source salmon, a simple way to eat it and where to buy it. Wild and farmed salmon have similar names, but they’re very different fish.
All my best,
Rachel Bolton BSc (Hons), Lic. Ac., Lic. Tui Na.
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