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Fish is not so scary any more! The selenium story

Thursday, May 03, 2012

You know those recommendations that women of child-bearing age (pregnant, nursing women) get to limit their intake of tuna, mackerel because of mercury? Well, it turns out that the benefits of eating fatty fish far outweigh the risks of eating mercury-laden fish.

I just learned that the fish and seafood have the protective mineral selenium that binds with the mercury, making it unable to poison you. What I also learned was that if a fish has higher levels of selenium than mercury, then it's safe to eat. Fish that are higher in mercury? They don't even come on my radar for things I can buy or want to eat.

Selenium and its great benefits for my thyroid issues doesn't have to come from a supplement or brazil nuts, but a wonderful array of fish. I don't think I am going to fear those cans of albacore or mackerel any more.

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    Kresser mentioned this on the real food summit. You can listen to the presentation for free until midnight tonite!!
    1566 days ago
    Interesting - I will definitely have to look into this more. Thanks!
    1627 days ago
    Great news!
    1627 days ago
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    1629 days ago
    Not only that, eating fish helps your HDL cholesterol. For 2 weeks before I had a Lipid panel (Cholesterol numbers) done I ate canned Alaska salmon everyday for lunch. My HDL was 113 and my doc was astonished! It works-now I have it or canned tuna every other day. Now I'll add cilantro too!
    1635 days ago
  • SHOES17
    That certainly motivated me to learn more! I had the talk with my doctor on my last visit. He advised me to look at the benefits of different fish. I don't eat most meats, so I am always looking for sources of protein. I do eat fish so this is exciting. Thanks so much!! emoticon
    1635 days ago
    Thank you for the information because I really do enjoy fish and not needing to worry about mercury is wonderful!

    Jane on Guam
    1635 days ago
    Yeah, more food options. That's always a great thing to learn. That means SUSHI... something I simply adore. I could eat it 3-4x per week.

    Enjoy the new meals! Thanks for the info on the mercury too, my mom always tells me to not eat too much because of mercury poisoning... apparently she's wrong.

    Have a great one!
    1635 days ago
    Good deal, Lexy... thanks for sleuthing this info out!

    A good pairing with tuna is cilantro... it chleates mercury and flushes it from your system apparently.

    : )
    1635 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    Thats good to know!

    I try to eat oily fish at least once a week.
    1635 days ago
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