Fish soup is so delicious and need not be difficult to make if you have a source of cold water salmon, for example. It's the best source of two of the omega-3 fatty acids.
This page was last updated on 9th June, 2019 by Dr Barrie Lewis.
Cold water fish is the finest way to to get plenty of omega 3 oil.
If you ever get to Leeuwaarden in the Netherlands, don't miss Antonio's salmon soup. We had lunch there yesterday and it's the most magnificent I've ever had. So I chiselled the recipe out of him, of course.
Your soup can be made with many different ingredients depending on
your taste. Some like it hot; add more spicy paprika like jalapenos. If you enjoy
garlic, or other herbs, then by all means experiment. I like to add a
few greens near the end; what the family calls Dad's weeds; parsley, rocket, basil and any of your favourites.
We love to visit the fish market where you can buy a salmon skeleton for a song. It makes a wonderful stock, rich in gelatine and glucosamine, both known to protect degenerating cartilage, but it's a bit of a schlepp, so you really you can use regular stuff from the supermarket.
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Serve with sourdough bread.
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Olive oil dips on bread go well with fish soup, especially if you are looking to counteract arthritis with known natural anti-inflammatories like olives, celery and fish. For a very simple Eggplant dip, Baba Ghanoush .., click here …
Here's a little warning. This is a very rich fish soup. Sensitive stomachs may get heartburn or indigestion. With bread or rolls it may create havoc in the early hours if you are prone to epigastric pain. Serve it rather for Sunday lunch.
Here's an interesting update. I've discovered that it's the chemicals that bakers put in our commercial bread, rather than wheat products that give me heartburn. I now bake our easy sourdough recipe, and I have minimal trouble with soup and toast for supper. Baked every day, it takes only five minutes.
White bread rolls as served in many restaurants seem to be the worst; for me, with a soup they're a recipe for a night of agony.
After a fifteen years struggle with epigastric pain, a friend introduced me to a remarkably simple solution.
This fella knows where to get his salmon oil; the whole fish of course contains much more than just the fatty acids the salmon is famous for. I'm convinced we should be eating a wide range of foods rather than swallowing bucketfuls of supplements. Nevertheless, far from the cold ocean, I too have difficult getting the best ingredients for our fish soup.
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Aside: Repeated bouts of indigestion may damage the parietal cells that produce a very important substance for the absorption of Vitamin B-12 called Intrinsic factor. Deficiency leads to a serious condition called Pernicious Anaemia. Read about it at Tingling in arms and hands ... scroll down.
If you are regularly taking indigestion medication, consider a good Greek Olive Garden Salad recipe with every meal as it will go a long way to cure your indigestion. How can I be so sure? I too suffer from heartburn if I enjoy fish soup and bread, should I eat in an indiscrete manner. A good salad does wonders to prevent the midnight blues.
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The sweet and sour flavours in borscht is a much favoured way of enjoying beets in Eastern Europe.
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The protein in bones and cartilage (and in the skin) is called gelatine. It contains all the amino acids that are needed to build healthy cartilage. That is the gelatinous mass that's left after cooking up your fish skeleton, though it can also be made from chicken bones, actually any animal bones.
Interesting research shows that it is the gelatine (easily made in the home) that can restore damaged arthritic cartilage. Just one more reason to enjoy fish soup. Read more about gelatine powder for arthritis.
The omega 3 fatty acids in fish soup not only protect the joints and muscles from inflammation; they also give protection to the brain when increasingly exposed to a frightening array of toxic chemicals added to our food.
Parkinson's disease, for example, occurs when cells in the midbrain called the substantia nigra degenerate, decreasing the production of a vital brain chemical called Dopamine.
Glutamate and nitric oxide preservatives are now known to release free radicals that target the substantia nigra nucleus, one of the basal ganglia.
Food scientists at the University Laval, Quebec, took two groups of white mice. One group was fed a diet high in fish oil, the other the normal diet. Both groups were then poisoned with a neurotoxin known to target the Substantia Nigra.
The result: "High omega 3 PUFA dietary consumption (fish oil) completely prevented the MPTP-induced decrease of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-labeled nigral cells." In English: fish 'completely prevented' the toxic effect of the poison on the subtantia nigra nucleus.
This test was done after the omega 3 in fish oil was found to have a similar effect on Alzheimer's.
Fava beans are one of the very few natural sources of L-dopa, the precursor of dopamine; many sufferers find them a better solution to the medication for Parkinson's disease. Unfortunately they are almost impossible to purchase, where I live in South Africa, anyway.
You may be wondering why a chiropractic help website is talking about fish soup, indigestion, Pernicious anaemia, Parkinson's disease, constipation and the like.
There are several reasons. Firstly chiropractors are into healthy, natural living. That means, amongst other things, eating better. Plus I just find the taste of a beetroot salad, and borscht too, absolutely delicious if you do it right. Parsley and sweet basil are my favourite herbs.
And secondly, whilst a chiropractic adjustment is known to help constipation and indigestion, one needs to address other causes of these conditions. There is no substitute for eating right, combining foods in a healthy way, and getting more exercise in addition to your occasional, regular visit to your DC.
Enjoy your fish soup. It's a bit fiddly if you want to enjoy the full Monty, but not all food, alas, can be cooked in a jiffy. This one is definitely worth the effort. Cold water fish has proven anti arthritic and heart disease properties; delicious too.
I used to go at least once a month to the fish market for a salmon skeleton.
When you get to Leeuwaarden don't miss the ceramics museum, apparently the best in the world, some of the treasures dating back to 4000 BC.
This ancient plate is just one of (I would guess) hundreds of thousands of exhibits.
Then move on to Antonios for his fish soup. Delic. Better still, make it regularly at home if you are serious about avoiding Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, heart disease and arthritis!
If you ever get to Holland, make sure you visit my favourite Dutch museum in The Hague. The Escher story is magnificent and for my money every bit as good as Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Take a look at this ...
And if you're vegetarian... omega-3