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HEALTH BENEFITS OF WILD ALASKAN SALMON
 
 
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Omega-3 and Alaska Salmon
Scientific research has proven that certain fats can be healthy and actually help the human body fight against cancer and heart disease. For years, studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood, like salmon, can help lower blood cholesterol levels. Now, aggressive medical studies are showing that fish oils, including Omega-3, alters the production of an important group of biological compounds known as eicosanoids. These compounds affect blood pressure, blood clotting, inflammation, immune function and coronary spasms.
 

 


Omega-3 Fats are Healthy
Alaska Salmon is rich in Omega-3 oils. Scientists have known for years that Omega-3 offers heart-healthy benefits, including:
  • Helping to decrease blood lipids (cholesterol, LDL's, and triglycerides)
  • Reducing blood clotting factors
  • Increasing relaxation in larger arteries and blood vessels
  • Decreasing the inflammatory processes in blood vessels
Additionally, the Omega-3 oils found in certain types of seafood, including Alaska Salmon, have been linked to improvements in or prevention of certain kinds of cancer, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, arthritis, asthma, certain kinds of mental illness, depression and lupus.

Sources of Omega-3
The preferred choice for Omega-3 consumption is from eating seafood because the fat is better absorbed by the body and it comes with many other nutrients. Many modern diets aren't high enough in Omega-3 oils to realize optimum health benefits. That's why various types of seafood should be included in weekly diets.
Regular seafood meals could include salmon, which is particularly high in these "good fats." In addition, Sockeye salmon has the highest amount of Omega-3 of any fish with approximately 2.7 grams per 100-gram portion. Therefore, just one serving of Alaska Salmon per week can help to lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
How often should Omega-3 fats be consumed?
Studies have shown that including seafood in the diet two to four times a week can improve health. Why not start today with one of the five species of Alaska salmon - King, Sockeye, Coho, Chum or Pink? They are certainly long-time favorites for those searching for Omega-3 content in foods.


Wild and Pure
Alaska is fish country. For thousands of years, the fishes of Alaska’s seas and rivers have supported human use, from fisheries used by Alaska’s indigenous Native peoples since prehistoric times, to today’s modern seafood industry. Alaska is home to abundant stocks of many species of fish, and offers some of the cleanest marine, freshwater, and upland habitats in the world. Effective state and federal institutions manage fisheries that are productive and sustainable, clean and healthy. Alaska is the only State in the nation whose Constitution explicitly mandates that all fish, including salmon, shall be utilized, developed, and maintained on the sustained yield principle. Here are some examples of Alaska’s unique fisheries management and pristine environment.

Alaska is thousands of miles away from large sources of pollution that can contaminate the human food supply in other parts of the world. These distances, combined with the earth’s patterns of circulation of water and air, help to ensure that Alaska’s own waters are among the cleanest in the world.

Alaska’s human population density is among the lowest of any in the United States, and lower than most places in the world. Alaska has little heavy industry, and has strict regulations governing development activities, such as road building, mining, logging, and sewage treatment. The State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) has a regulatory section dealing specifically with water quality. Water discharges, such as sewage and other potential pollutants, are closely regulated to ensure high water quality. In addition, ADFG requires prior approval for any in-stream construction activities in Alaska’s salmon streams through the authority of the Alaska statutes known as the “Anadromous Fish Act” (Alaska Statute 16.05.870). Alaska also has a Forest Practices Act requiring buffer zones from logging along salmon streams to prevent erosion and protect spawning and rearing habitat. Clean marine habitats produce pure seafood products.

Alaska’s marine habitats are extremely clean, and Alaska’s seafood is pure and remarkably free of contamination by pesticides, petroleum derivatives, PCBs, metals, and bacteria.
 


                ALASKA SEAFOOD NUTRITION INFORMATION

 

            ALASKA SALMON

 

 

Calories

Protein G

Fat G  

    Sat. Fat G

   Sodium MG

Cholesterol MG

Omega-3MG

 

King Chinook
Sockeye (Red)
Coho (Silver)
Keta (Chum
Pink

230
210
140
150
150

26
27
23
26
25

13
11
4.5
5
4.5

     3
     2
     1
     1
     0.5

   60
   65
   60
   65
   85

85
85
55
95
65

1700
1200
1100
800
1300

 

 

ALASKA WHITEFISH

 

Calories

Protein G

Fat G

Sat. Fat G

Sodium MG

Cholesterol MG

Omega-3MG

 

Halibut
Cod
Pollock
Rockfish
Sole
Black Cod
Surimi Seafood
Black Cod (Smoked)

140
100
110
121
120
250
100
257

26
23
23
24
24
17
15
17.6

3
1
1
2
1.5
19.6
1
20.1

0
0
0
0.5
0
4
0
4.2

70
90
115
77
105
72
140
737

40
45
95
44
65
63
30
64

500
300
500
400
500
1800
400
1800

 

 

ALASKA CANNED SALMON

 

Calories

Protein G

Fat G

Sat. Fat G

Sodium MG

Cholesterol MG

Omega-3MG

 

Sockeye (Red)
Pink

166
136

23
23

7
5

2
1

360
399

44
82

1400
1100

 

 



(Our thanks to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute for the information on this page)
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