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From: The Sproutarian (
Subject:         Re: The Science
Date: November 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: The Science posted by temp on November 15, 2014 at 1:56 pm:


Out of all fish, it is my opinion that sardines are probably the best choice possible to make if you are a meat eater. Why? Because those fish would have less heavy metals in them due to them living off pankton, and they don't eat other animals higher on the food chain such as other fish. The problem starts when fish start eating other fish because the heavy metals really start to build up quickly. The other problem is the bottom feeders such as clams and other fish that ingest the nuclear waste and heavy metals that have settled off the bottom of the ocean.

The worst fish tested for high levels of mercury are: tuna, shark, halibut, swordfish, sea bass.

The seafood lowest in mercury tested are: salmon, trout, shrimp

People who ate seafood twice per week shown to have mercury levels three times higher than those who didn't eat seafood.

[u]Lipid peroxides[/u]

The big problem with seafood is oxidised fats that break down into lipid peroxides. These have been shown in animals to be linked to cancer, heart disease and many different health problems. It also might explain why some studies using fish Epa/Dha was not effective on patients, the lipid peroxides may have outweighed any benefit from the EPA/DHA in the fish oil.

Perhaps one of the best options for meat eaters who cannot get fresh sardines is canned variety, especially if they are packed quickly because that would minimise the lipid peroxidation.

Personally l would be taking chia seeds with coconut fat because that will double DHA for humans and rodents (studies prove this). And if all other nutrient levels are good such as calcium, zinc, copper, B9 etc, you may get up to 6% converion into DHA and up to 10% EPA. If you are on a natural hygiene diet you will likely be getting rock bottom conversion with limited ALA to work with....not a desirable situation to be in.

I will post some scarey fish studies on my site another day and give credit to Brian Clement because he found the research l will be quoting.

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