Is it Safe to Eat Shellfish With Heavy Metals?

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In this video, I want to answer a question I received regarding shellfish. Is it ok to consume shellfish even though they may contain heavy metals?

A few really good things about shellfish like shrimp, lobster, and crab are:

• They’re loaded with minerals and trace minerals.
• They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids.
• They’re high-quality sources of protein.
• They contain selenium which helps to detox mercury and other heavy metals.

However, shellfish also contain heavy metals like mercury and even lead. For this reason, you should:

• Not consume them that often (maybe 1x per week).
• Not consume them at all if you’re pregnant.
• Get your trace minerals from organic sea kelp harvested from a very healthy part of the world.
• Choose wild-caught instead of farm-raised.

A few of the worst fish to eat because of heavy metals, specifically mercury contamination, are:

• Shark
• King mackerel
• Swordfish

How to buy fresh shellfish:

When you’re buying shellfish, you need to find out where it comes from. Be sure to check the label and pay close attention to frozen shellfish to determine where it’s originally from versus where it was manufactured. Certain oceans are more polluted than others.

• The North Atlantic is a better choice.
• The shellfish and fish off of the coast of the United States do have more strict standards.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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