Fish allergy suffers are not doomed to suffer from lack of omega-3 fatty
acids or be deprived of any other nutrient for that matter. Any food
allergy is serious. We need food. It’s not like being allergic to a cat or
Fish oil is the main source of beneficial omega-3 in both consumed food
and supplements. This is not an option for humans with allergies to fish
Aggravating an allergy to seafood can even be fatal. A complete lack of
omega-3 fatty acids is highly undesirable. High levels of omega-6 and low
levels of omega-3 may tend to increase a broad range of health risks. Some
A one to one ( 1:1 ) ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is optimum. Western diets
can cause undesirable ratios as high as 15:1 or more. Obviously the fish
allergic person on a typical urban western diet could benefit from
bringing this ratio down without eating seafood.
It makes sense to approach the issue from multiple angles. Decreasing
omega-6 intake will improve that ratio without increasing omega-3. The
terse and brief instruction is to stop eating heavily processed food and
avoid as much as possible mass produced agricultural products buying local
and fresh whenever possible.
Organically raised meat, eggs, poultry are potentially less taxing
regarding raising omega-6 levels. Also, wild game. Venison is widely
available in many places.
Omega-3 enhanced eggs are available at most grocery stores. Free range
fresh eggs are also good.
Switching from mass produced corn fed heavily medicated animals to grass
fed for beef alone can be significant. Especially if liver or other organ
meats are consumed.
For those who don’t eat meat, flax seed and other sources contain high
levels of ALA omega-3, a small amount of which will be converted to the
critical form of omega-3. There are also aglae sourced vegan omega-3
supplements that might benefit all fish allergic people regardless of
Whole foods over processed food and eliminating grains might help. The
technical reasons for this are beyond the scope of this article, basically
even though grains offer nutrients they also have phytates and gluten
neither of which are beneficial to allergy sufferers.
Fish and seafood allergy sufferers need not be deprived. Supplements,
fresh over packaged, local organic over mass produced, avoid grains as
much as possible, if not sensitive to eggs buy omega-3 enhanced or free