Confused Fish vs no Fish

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Confused Fish vs no Fish

Postby Tyr616 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:44 pm

I was planning on eating herring everyday for the inflammation benefits and possible healing for the nerves. However, there is conflicting views that MS is caused by mercury poisoning. Is the risk of eating fish everyday outweight the idea of mercury poisoning being the cause of MS?
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Postby LR1234 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:01 pm

I think if you eat wild fish from the Pacific sea (or is it the Atlantic Sea???)
Well apparantly they are the most healthy and have the least amount of mercury. I will look up to see which one it is unless someone else knows???
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Postby Tyr616 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:13 pm

LR1234 wrote:I think if you eat wild fish from the Pacific sea (or is it the Atlantic Sea???)
Well apparantly they are the most healthy and have the least amount of mercury. I will look up to see which one it is unless someone else knows???


Yeah looks like the herring im eating is one of the fishes lower in mercury, plus it says its wild caught. So I think i'll give it a try, I think it could definitely give great benefits.
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Postby tzootsi » Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:02 am

All in all, fish is a very good part of an ms diet. Fish that are highest in mercury are the largest ones like swordfish and tuna. Herring, sardines, and wild salmon are the best due to their high omega-3 and low mercury.
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Postby L » Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:04 am

Doesn't the fish itself get a say?
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Postby jimmylegs » Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:56 am

i think if the fish had a say they wouldn't be bioaccumulating heavy metals from fossil fuel combustion fallout in the first place :)

here are the species selection guides i use for my area:

US fish guidelink

canada fish guide: link
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com
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Postby gainsbourg » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:14 pm

Carnivore fish (like tuna) are the worst purely because they accumulate the mercury from smaller fish, day in day out.

Mercury is totally uselss to the human body and is extremely toxic to nerves. Once in the body mercury is notoriously difficult to remove. It accumulates in the organs, including the brain and also fat tissue. The problem is that when chelating agents such as alpha lipoic acid are used to flush it from the body it typically becomes mobilized from the fat and travels to the organs making the situation worse.

This is not one of those health food fads. Never, absolutely never eat tuna.
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