50 shades of salmon
Do you often have sleepless nights thinking about the reason behind the different color of farmed and wild salmons? I can help you with that issue. The main food supply of wild salmons is a small crustaceans, the krill. A powerful carotenoid the so called Astaxanthin is derived from them and it gives the richer color of salmons which occur in undomesticated form. In case of farm raised salmons, this carotenoid is not that abundant. (Check my post on two other invaluable brain boosting carotenoids.)
Do I have to care about the astaxanthin level? I prefer the lighter pink color anyway
Nutritionist have been long associating wild fish consumption with several different health benefits. The impact on the brain is no other. People who eat wild fish regularly exhibit superior cognitive aging and better memory function. According to the “Mediterranean Diet” Study (Staubo), cognitively normal older people who ate seafood (including fish) regularly experienced positive mental effects. They had reduced decline of verbal memory and slower rates of decline in a test of perceptual speed over five years, compared to people who didn’t consume enough seafood.
The very best among these fishes is wild salmon, which is low in mercury and a rich source of omega 3 fats, and of course astaxanthin.
When I ask “what is astaxanthin” in a healthy food blog, I want to know the exact benefits
Astaxanthin can have positive effects on your whole body. The most relevant benefits can be the following:
- Promotes neurogenesis and boost cognitive function
- Increase the ability to concentrate
- Beneficial for the eyes
- Provide potent antioxidant effects and free radical scavenging
- Convert blood lipids to a more cardioprotective profile
- Enhance the appearance of skin and protects it from sun damage
- Improve stamina
What if I can’t find wild salmon, or/and I don’t like the taste of it?
The huge demand for salmon is satisfied without a doubt with farmed salmon products. It is still not impossible to find wild salmon. In case it is usually not available in your local supermarket you can always order it. I give you an example that is sustainably sourced and canned fresh to retain nutritional potency: Wild Planet Wild Sockeye Salmon.
In case you are not a big fan of salmon, you can also choose shrimp, crab, or lobster to get your astaxanthin.
Of course nowadays supplementation is absolutely possible as well. One of the most popular option is Nutrex Hawaii Bioastin Hawaiin Astaxanthin.