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Microblog: The Nutrition Facts of Atlantic Salmon

Microblog: The Nutrition Facts of Atlantic Salmon


⚠️Ever since I delved into salmon’s nutritional profile, I’ve been incorporating more fish. There’s some community chatter about mercury toxicity and PUFAs in fish. Well, there are many cultures dependent on fish as a staple in their diet (e.g., Japanese) and they are not riddled with mercury toxicity.

Let’s get back to simple Carnivore.

Salmon’s Nutritional Profile

🏆More than anything, numbers don’t lie. Look at salmon’s nutrient profile.

🦴Salmon is rich in selenium which is known to protect bone health and decrease thyroid antibodies in people with autoimmune thyroid disease.⠀

🍓Did you know that salmon also contains antioxidants?

Salmon contains Astaxanthin and this antioxidant seems to reduce oxidation of LDL and increase HDL. Astaxanthin also works with Omega 3s to protect the brain and nervous system from oxidation.

💉If you are worried about high LDL levels on a carnivore diet, eat more fish to increase your HDL levels. Remember everything matters in context. If your LDL is high (>180 mg/dL, but HDL is also high (>60 mg/dL), the LDL is less of a concern. Always work with a practitioner.

🍊Salmon also has vitamin C. 4% of your Standard American Diet’s DVs for 3 oz of salmon. Vitamin C and glucose compete for the same receptors to get absorbed in the body. When you become hyperglycemic, studies show that vitamin C gets excluded from the cells and results in a decreased antioxidant capacity in the cells that are vitamin C dependent.

📚Lots of vitamin C discussion in @CarnivoreCure

🤔This may be why Carnivores vitamin C need is significantly reduced—no glucose to compete⠀
with for any vitamin C to be absorbed.⠀

💅🏼Salmon is rich in Biotin, known to strengthen hair and nails, and for hair growth. If you are deficient in Biotin, you may experience hair loss. Biotin also improves your skin, supports your metabolism, and lowers cholesterol.⠀

💡Try consuming fatty fish a few times a week (sardines and cod liver are great too). By eating salmon, you can also worry less about the following, non-Carnivore naysayer concerns:
1) antioxidants
2) vitamin C
3) counteracting omega-6 fatty acids

Nutrition with Judy

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