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Baked Salmon

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We all know that plants are exceptionally healthy, but once in a while animal protein is needed for some individuals, and wild caught small fish is healthier than red meat or poultry, and salmon is one of the best fish varieties that we can discuss. Salmon is rich in protein and minerals,  and many people decide to eat baked salmon due to the fact that this fish disreputable for its omega-3 fatty acids. That is, if you buy wild salmon only. Omega 3 comes from the algae they eat and is not what farmed salmon is fed (vegans can get omega 3 DHA directly from algae supplements).

The essential fatty acids found in salmon are good for the brain and the nervous system in general. With their help you can expect to enhance the work of your brain and improve memory and focus. They also protect the nervous system from diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The fatty acids are here to heal depression and support the proper development of children. Because omega 3 are “essential” fatty acids, they are required  for our functions, especially the developing brain of a child. We see more aggressive or less focused behavior in children, and deficiency is not uncommon, given that it is hard to get enough Omega 3 from diet. Omega 3 is also essential for the proper functioning of every single cell in your body – it is an integral part of your cell membranes. The needs are so high that it may take you 2 months of supplementation to actually satisfy the needs that have not been met.

Omega-3 fatty acids have proven to be efficient when it comes to the cardiovascular system because they can protect us from strokes, heart attacks, arrhythmia, hypertension and high cholesterol and triglycerides levels. They support the production and release of collagen and elastin fiber for smoother and rejuvenated skin, and the same goes for your hair.

Baked Salmon Benefits

Salmon, including baked salmon, contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids as well as selenium and vitamin D and together these ingredients are able to help prevent the developing of different types of cancer like colon, prostate and breast cancer. Finally, omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon can increase the release of insulin, ease the absorption of sugar and stabilize blood sugar levels.

As we have already mentioned, wild salmon contains other useful ingredients, too. For example, the protein found in this wild fish aids the proper absorption of nutrients and doesn’t contain harmful ingredients typical for other rich sources of protein such as farmed fish or poultry, eggs, or meat from factory farmed animals.

In addition to omega-3 fatty acids, salmon also contains DHA and EPA acids that protect the cardiovascular system. Eating baked wild salmon twice a week can help you prevent stroke. Several scientific studies have confirmed that eating baked salmon on a regular basis can lower the chances of developing eye degeneration, which is typical for seniors. Finally, salmon contains tryptophan which acts as a natural sedative that leads to sleepiness and helps people who are dealing with insomnia to fall asleep faster.

Wild-caught Salmon vs Farmed Salmon

As the name suggests wild salmon is caught in the wild. It is found in rivers, lakes and oceans. However, a majority of salmon found in stores is farmed. If you want to feel all the benefits we have mentioned before, you must opt for wild-caught salmon. If you eat out or shop for salmon and you are not sure if it is wild, it is probably not. Also, be aware that the label may be misleading. You have look at the ingredient list on the back to see if the salmon is farmed or wild.

Wild caught salmon contains 20% fewer calories than farmed salmon. It also comes with higher levels of zinc, potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium. The level of contaminants in farmed salmon is very high. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) conducted a study to prove that consuming farmed salmon actually raises the risk of breast cancer. If you want to consume baked salmon, choose wild-caught salmon.

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