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Super Foods to the Rescue

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Are you one of the many thousands and thousands of people that cares where your food comes from? Organic, GMO or otherwise? Have you lost your connection to your food sources and how they are grown and/or harvested? Many of us that have become source concious buyers are willing to take the time to search out and spend more for healthier food choices that we want to make when buying our food. The article below from the Johns Hopkins website talks about making food our medicine and listed in the article are some of the superfoods that are a healthier choice and wild salmon is definately one of them and has always made these kinds of lists. 

I been a participant for 47 years as a high-end wild salmon harvester from Alaska's Copper River region that has very uniquely vertically integrated my commercial fishing business model 15 years ago by way of becoming more than just the fisherman. I am also an At-Sea Processor using some very unique processes to elevate the quality of my product. Logistics, production control and a marketing person to name a few of the new hats I now wear to produce a higher level of fresh product with a fully maximized shelf life window over the commodity product. 

When you have had time to peruse my website to learn what I do above the industry and how I handle, per-rigor process and ship directly to you the day after I catch your fish, you will quickly learn why I say "Discover the Processed at Sea Difference", I virtually have redefined what the shelf life window can be for a fresh salmon product form that is Processed at Sea in the unique way that I do it. How much more fresher does that make you feel about your salmon purchasing decision to simply order my Copper River salmon directly from .... well me, the harvester. Making this direct connection with your personal fisherman instills in the mind of the consumer that they are buying a healthy food from a healthy fishery and from a trusted source directly from the fisherman delivered to your door via Fedex or on Alaska Airlines Air Cargo Services within 36 hours out of the water and lastly feel good about the food choice they made.

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Superfoods to the Rescue

Date: July 8, 2014

Change some of your meal choices and boost your body’s ability to fight disease

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Looking for the perfect food? The one that meets all your nutritional needs, protects you against serious disease, is readily available and tastes great, too?

Sorry, it doesn’t exist. “There’s no one perfect food or diet that will guarantee 100 percent we won’t develop disease,” says Lynda McIntyre, a Johns Hopkins nutritionist. “But there is overwhelming research showing that the quality of foods we eat dramatically decreases our risks for disease.”

Particularly if those foods are high in antioxidants.

You’ve probably heard that term. It refers to a natural process, oxidation, that occurs when a substance or a chemical combines with air to form a free radical. This is a highly unstable molecule that, like a thief in the night, bumps into healthy cells and robs a molecule from those cells. “When that damage occurs, our bodies start a process that creates inflammation at the cellular level,” McIntyre says, “and that leads to disease.”

Antioxidants fight back against those free radicals so that they can’t do harm to our healthy cells. You can find them in brightly colored fruits and vegetables. “Color is not just there for decorative purpose,” McIntyre says. “It’s an indicator of its antioxidation potency.”

Choose at least three colorful fruits and at least four servings of colorful vegetables in your diet every day. The deeper, the darker in color, the better: dark, leafy greens and berries, broccoli and carrots, bright oranges, red peppers, kale.

If that sounds like you need to spend half your life in the produce section, think again. McIntyre says these antioxidant-rich foods can be incorporated into your diet quite easily. “Start out with one fruit or vegetable every time you eat,” she says. So, for example, you could include a half-cup of blueberries on your cereal or low-fat yogurt for breakfast, and a dark, leafy green and a half-cup of broccoli as part of your dinner.

Some argue that it would be easier to get all this from a pill. They’re wrong. “Supplements do not provide the same benefits as those derived through food,” McIntyre says. Nor do they taste as good.

Granted, eating like this involves a little planning. But consider the benefits: “You can decrease your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes,” she says. “We also see that people who follow this kind of diet have clearer skin and less wrinkles and potentially more energy, and an improved immune system.”

In other words, although you may not achieve perfection, you’ll feel better and you’ll look better, thanks to the power of healthy eating.

Three Foods to Supercharge Your Diet
Like Clark Kent ducking into a phone booth and coming out as the Man of Steel, some of the most humble and easily available foods are nutritional powerhouses in disguise. Gerard Mullin, M.D., director of Integrative Gastrointestinal Nutrition Services at Johns Hopkins, recommends incorporating these deceptively powerful foods into your diet.

Broccoli. “Rich in fiber, rich in antioxidants, it’s good for detoxifying the liver and helps in cancer prevention. It should be top of the list.”

Raspberries. “They have a whole series of compounds that are cancer fighters, and they offer heart protection. They’re high in antioxidants and rich in fiber.”

Wild salmon. “Fish oils fight heart disease, cancer, depression. Salmon is also rich in vitamin D. And the pink pigment, in particular, is an anticancer agent. But stick with wild salmon, even if it’s frozen, over farm-raised, even if that’s fresh.”

Find Recipes That Are Good for Your Health
Search the Johns Hopkins Health Library by dietary considerations and food categories. Visithopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/recipes.

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