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
- Improved cognitive/mental function

Recommendations

Adequate Intake* (mg/day)
Suggested Dietary Target** (mg/day)
Female
90mg
430mg
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)