Basically everyone agrees: eating fish is healthy. Among other things fish provides an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid, abbreviated DHA, and eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA.

Both are currently experiencing a winning streak in the form of modern and pleasant tasting fish oils after the ‘bugbear’ cod liver oil somewhat disappeared from the surface 35 years ago.

According to the neurosurgeon Jack Kruse, DHA has one crucial function: DHA in cells converts light signals into electrical signals and vice versa. Therefore almost all cells of our body have their own little mini-sun, even if they are not situated directly under the skin. Only thanks to this feature the evolution allowed for more complex organisms. Wow!

DHA is also the only fatty acid which remained unchanged in every cell membrane of eukaryotes (all organisms whose cells have a nucleus) since the Cambrian explosion 600 million years ago.

Natural History Flashback

Therefore DHA is considerably older than, say, the Brachiosaurus. As we still remember exactly from the classroom, the dinosaurs lived between 225 and 65 million years ago.

Omega-3 DHA: Top spot in the nutrient chart

Reason enough to make DHA the leader of my nutrient recommendations (the Bathtub Formula).

As you know, I always prefer real food that has plenty of DHA (such as fish or shellfish) over fish oil capsules or oils.

Unfortunately nowadays overfishing and health concerns because of the pollution of our oceans lower the enjoyment of eating fish.

Even the consumption of farmed fish and shellfish has its downsides. Up to 300 chemical and biological substances are used in conventional farming. In addition, aquaculture consumes more wild fish and seafood than is produced through the use of fishmeal.

Native fish as a solution

The sustainable fish farm “Grabenmühle” in Switzerland shows that it can be done right: high quality and freshness thanks to native fish.

Watch the 4-minute episode of our mini-documentary series ‘Better With Real Food‘ featuring the Grabenmühle.

Res von Gunten uses the nearby mountain stream for operating the terraced fish ponds, where he breeds gourmet fish like rainbow trout, salmon trout, brook trout and brown trout. The cold, clear water is perfect for the fish and the natural course produces the needed oxygen. The unique setup also allows him to operate without electricity.

Antibiotics are not used. No wonder, the fish appear healthy and lively.

The success proves Res right. Customers appreciate the fresh fish that still swum in the mountain spring water the day before.

The ‘Grabenmühle’ fish are available at local farmers markets or directly ‘from pond’.