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Salmon the Super Food

Long chain omega-3 fats

As well as being a superb and nourishing food rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, Regal Marlborough King Salmon is a natural source of healthy long chain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered an essential fatty acid, necessary for human health, which the body cannot produce itself.

Omega-3 fatty acids can be broken down into three types:

  1. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – from marine sources
  2. Docosahexanoic acid (DHA) - from marine sources
  3. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – from plant sources

There is far more evidence supporting the health benefits of marine-based EPA and DHA over ALA, both of which salmon contain high levels of. Some of these health benefits include:

  • Reduction in cardiovascular disease
  • Lowered cholesterol levels
  • Lowered blood pressure (particularly among those with elevated blood pressure)
  • An improvement in rheumatoid arthritis

Recommendations

  Adequate Intake* (mg/day) Suggested Dietary Target ** (mg/day)
Female 90mg 450mg
Male 160mg 610mg

*Adequate Intake (AI) = minimum recommended intake level for adults
**Suggested Dietary Target (SDT) = optimal levels of intake that could help reduce the risk of chronic disease

Because Regal salmon is such a wonderful source of highly nutritious marine-based omega-3 fats, just one 100g serving will provide enough omega-3 to cover three days of your needs for women and two days for men.

Food Source Approximate omega-3 content (EPA + DHA) Number of days' worth of omega-3 (compared to the SDTs above)
100g Fresh Regal Salmon 1380mg 3.2 days (women) 2.3 days (men)
100g Smoked Regal Salmon 1620mg 3.7 days (women) 2.7 days (men)

 

Packed full of nutrients essential for health

Healthy Heart

An excellent source of Omega-3s

Regal King Salmon is a natural source of healthy Omega-3s, of which the known health benefits are many and affect the body and mind.

Heart & Joint Health

Long chain omega-3s have important heart health benefits by improving blood flow to the heart and lowering harmful blood fats. Long chain omega-3s may be beneficial for the joints as they have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Dietary guidelines recommend we consume 1 to 2 oily fish meals per week to meet our needs for long chain omega-3s. Regal King Salmon is one of the richest marine sources.

View Sources

NHFA Position statement. Dietary fats and dietary cholesterol for cardiovascular health 2009.V isit NFHA website. Omega-3 Centre Consensus Report, Omega-3 fatty acids for baby boomers, October 2008

Baby Development

DHA (one of the long chain omega-3s) is vital for the development of a growing baby’s brain, eyes and nervous system. To achieve adequate DHA intake, pregnant* and breastfeeding women should aim to consume at least 200mg DHA per day – this is equivalent to 1 to 2 oily fish
meals (such as Regal KSalmon and sardines) per week.

For further advice on seafood and pregnancy*, go to the FSANZ website

*Pregnant women should avoid eating pre-cooked seafood products (unless eaten hot) and uncooked seafoods.

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Koletzko, B et al The roles of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy, lactation and infancy: review of current knowledge and consensus recommendations J.Perinat.Med.36(2008) 5-14

Omega-3 Centre Consensus Report, Omega-3 fatty acids for maternal and infant health and development, November 2009

Mind Food

Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon are essential components of brain cell membranes, and their role in cell structure is thought to improve the powers of memory and boost learning power.

Long chain omega-3s play an important role in the normal development and function of the brain. Increasing evidence indicates that a deficiency in omega-3s in early childhood may contribute to behaviour and learning difficulties in children.

View Sources

Koletzko, B et al The roles of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy, lactation and infancy: review of current knowledge and consensus recommendations J.Perinat.Med.36(2008) 5-14

Omega-3 Centre Consensus Report, Omega-3 fatty acids – essential nutrients for our children, August 2007

Omega-3 Centre Consensus Report, Omega-3 fatty acids for maternal and infant health and development, November 2009