Fish is an excellent source of protein and anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids that protect the heart and cardiovascular system. However, fish can also be a source of damaging heavy metals such as mercury. These metals bind in places where minerals should be and keep cells from working properly. This can cause memory loss
, heart disease, atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, kidney disease, fatigue, difficulty focusing, and changes in hearing or vision. So what is the best way to balance the health benefits with the risks?
1. Try to eat fish low in mercury. Here is a great guide http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/guide.asp
2. Take chlorella with your fish to bind the metals in your digestive tract and carry them out before they are absorbed. If you don’t have chlorella, eat your fish with a broad leafed herb like parsley or cilantro to have a similar effect.
3. Limit your fish intake to 3-4 times per week.
4. If you are taking a fish oil supplement, make sure it has been third party tested for heavy metal content.
Follow these recommendations to enjoy your favorite fish without having to endure the effects of mercury. Bon Appetite!