Many people ask themselves: how many times a week should I eat salmon to get adequate amounts of essential fatty acids? I will answer this question using a two-pronged approach. Firstly, what type of salmon should you be eating and secondly, how often should you eat it. Not every breed of salmon is created equally. The latest evidence from Dr. Floyd Chilton, author of Inflammation Nation, states that Atlantic farmed salmon may not be giving you the essential fatty acids D.H.A. and E.P.A. that you are looking for. Farmed salmon are normally fed a grain based feed that is very unlike the natural algae that they would eat in the wild. The grain feed contains mainly omega 6 fatty acids and not the omega 3 fatty acids E.P.A. and D.H.A. Algae contains mainly omega 3 fatty acids and that is why wild salmon, particularly Pacific wild salmon, will be the better choice for you. In regards to how often you should be eating salmon, I would suggest two to three times per week. If you are like me and have limited amounts of fish in your diet, take a fish oil supplement, which is normally a combination of salmon, anchovies, and sardines. These are available in gel caps and the recommended dosage, according to Dr. Barry Sears author of The Zone, is 2.5 grams or 2 –3 1000 mg. gel caps per day. Pharmaceutical fish oil is recommended over the generic brands. How will you know the difference between pharmaceutical grade and generic grade? Dr. Barry Sears suggests breaking open a gel capsule and placing it in the freezer. If the oil does not freeze after 5 hours then the oil is pharmaceutical grade. At the end of the day, eating the proper type of salmon or supplementing with fish oil will decrease your risk of medical ailments, help you achieve a higher level of health and fitness and in essence, let you live the good life!
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