White Fish as Fertility Food
Fish has always been regarded as a ‘healthy’ protein. However, the health benefits of fish are in question as pollutants increase in the waters – particularly the seas.
Try where possible to only eat wild fish and avoid ‘farmed’ fish, which may be contaminated with toxins such as: antibiotics or harmful chemicals like PCBs.
Pregnant women are advised to only eat fish in small quantities each week.
Try also to use more local fresh water fish, which is wild caught from clean rivers and waterways.
In Europe people often eat pike, perch, carp and other fresh water species instead of relying on salt-water fish.
Fish generally is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits.
White-fleshed fish are lower in fish oils than the ‘oily fish’, and to get the omega-3 from them you need to consume their liver.
One of the most nourishing ways to eat fish is in the form of fish stock. This can be made by slowly simmering fish bodies, heads, liver and tails, and then straining and keeping the liquid to use as stock in cooking or as soup bases.
White fish is a good source of :
- Niacin: important for general good As a treatment, higher amounts of niacin can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks.
- Vitamin B6: needed for proper brain development in people of all ages. It helps the body make the hormones serotonin, which regulates mood and norepinephrine, which helps your body cope with stress.
- Vitamin B12: helps with Red Blood Cell formation and anaemia prevention and supports bone health.
- Phosphorus: plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It is also needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.
- Selenium: is important for reproduction, thyroid gland function, DNA production, and protecting the body from damage caused by free radicals and infection.
Chinese Medicine uses white fish to:
- Increase Qi (Energy)
- Strengthen and support the digestive system
- Clear Dampness
- Regulate the Blood
White fish is seen to strengthen digestion, and thereby increase your Qi – to increase your energy and organ system function.
As it’s easy to breakdown and digest it quickly delivers strength to the digestive organs, which can then use this energy to further produce more energy.
It’s Damp clearing property is valued to help clear accumulated fluids and mucus from the body. This is helpful for people suffering from PCOS, Cysts, Fibroids, Endometriosis and any level of ‘Dampness’ diagnosed by a practitioner of Chinese medicine. This damp clearing property also helps treat diarrhoea from digestive weakness and accumulated dampness.
The Blood regulating effect is related to its ability to help circulate and regulate blood loss efficiently. Again, this is helpful for the above listed conditions under Dampness as well as conditions with excessive bleeding.
Chinese Medicine Fertility Use:
The above listed qualities make white fish a useful protein to eat during ovulation and in the premenstrual phase. This is usually when there is more bloating and digestive upset, due to accumulated Dampness and hormones from the cycle.
Its effect on the blood is stronger at moving and circulating rather than building it, which is why we use it when blood moving is required. This is for conditions such as heavy bleeding during menstruation, or in the case of breast feeding where the breast ducts may be blocked.
As it is weak at building blood it is often not strong enough to support fertility alone as a protein, and so red meat is recommended alongside it as part of your diet – for its blood strengthening properties.
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