Salmon Is Anti-Aging


As many of my readers and viewers know, I am probably the single greatest advocate for adding wild salmon and other omega-3 cold water fish (think sardines, anchovies, halibut, sablefish, trout, etc.) to your daily diet. While it is now widely accepted, with guru’s and experts all over the world writing books and visiting talk shows, the concept of inflammation and the anti-inflammatory diet was initially met with skepticism and ridicule. It all started with the publication of my first book and public television special, The Wrinkle Cure, almost a decade ago, where I introduced salmon as a superb source of anti-inflammatory, anti-aging nutrients, a recurring theme in all of my work.

Wild Salmon contains essential fatty acids and powerful antioxidants such as the carotenoid, astaxanthin, that have important anti-inflammatory properties. My decades of research show that chronic, sub-clinical inflammation is the single greatest precipitator of aging and age-related diseases. These include heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, certain forms of cancer, and wrinkled skin.

Salmon is also probably the world’s most heart healthy source of protein. It is rich in long-chain omega-3 essential fatty acids—the most beneficial kind—which protect heart health, inhibit inflammation, act as natural anti-depressants, increases feelings of well-being, and help keep skin young, supple and radiant.

With the average age of menopause at 51 here in the US, at the age of 50, Madonna, a fan of the anti-inflammatory diet, needs to be sure that her food choices are especially cardio-protective. This is because after menopause, the risk of heart disease in women becomes comparable to the incidence in men. As a physician, I was quite astonished to learn that heart disease kills 10 times as many women as breast cancer.

So eat salmon, be healthy, look great.

5 thoughts on “Salmon Is Anti-Aging

  1. Hi, I read your book on acne and was wondering if Astaxanthin would help my skin? I took spirulina but my face broke out in cystic acne which I think is from the iodine content.
    Is Astaxanthin suited for people with acne? I’m too young for the anti-wrinkle benefits.

  2. Dear Dr Perricone,

    Since I’ve been seeing bits here and there about your anti inflammation diet, it’s been in the back of my mind. Honestly, I tend to scoff at specialized “diet” regimens as I’m a believer in just eating food you enjoy in moderation, always trying to select foods that are organic, locally-raised and non-processed. I’m not one to obsess over diet, as I feel obsessions can be just as bad as what one might eat. BUT… I have to say… I may have been converted overnight!

    Lately, probably due to some recent birthday over-indulgences, I’ve been feeling bloated and uncomfortable and just seemed heavier than usual. Well, last night I went out for sushi. I had salmon, tuna, yellow tail, miso soup with tofu and spinach and a few glasses of green tea, along with several glasses of water. I was most shocked when I woke up this morning and realized that my waist looked and felt at least six inches smaller.

    So, with my shocking realization that you might really have something valid here, I believe I’ll be going out to buy a few good books about this anti inflammation diet (but let’s call it a lifestyle, rather than a “diet”). I used to eat a lot more cold-water fish but over the past year, due to financial constrictions, I had cut back. I’m going to find a way to add more fish back into my diet. I just feel so much better!!

    Just thought I’d let you know… you have another fan.

  3. Dear Jenna,

    Thanks for your question. Astaxanthin is a very powerful antioxidant. It helps to protect your cells from damage caused by free radical damage. While this supplement is not specifically for acne, it can certainly maintain the health of your skin. Dr. Perricone does include this supplement in his Skin and Total Body supplements, which is a supplement program geared to help improve the appearance of the skin while also helping hair, joints, nails and bones.

    I hope this helps.

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