Sardines Omega-3

Sardines are one of the best choices to obtain your needed dietary omega 3 fatty acids.

Only a few fish species compare or exceed the omega 3 content found in sardines….examples include pink salmon, chinook salmon, herring, and Hoki, a cold deep water fish from New Zealand.

Sardines also offer a good choice too because since they are so small, they do not accumulate many toxins. Although the omega 3 content of sardines varies, generally it is about 1 gram to 1.70 grams per serving.

If you’re aware of the benefits of omega-3 and consuming fatty fish, you are probably aware that one problem with most fish is that industrial contaminants in the Ocean waters can accumulate in the flesh of the fish. These are nasty toxins like mercury, PCB’s, and lead.

Sardines, being small, do not tend to accumulate these. Larger fish like tuna, on the other hand, may accumulate a great deal of them.

Although you should definitely look to eat sardines omega-3, the Hoki species mentioned above is one of the very few fishes in the world that comes from a pristine water source. This is because Hoki thrive natively in the cold, deep waters off the Southern coast of New Zealand where there is no industrial pollutants.

In short, you should not only consider how rich of an omega-3 fatty acid source the fish you are consuming is, but does it harbor toxins that can impair your health.

Out of all of the fish we have researched, the top three choices for levels of omega-3 and purity of the fish would be:

  • Sardines
  • Hoki
  • certain wild Alaskan salmon

Fish to avoid would be:

  • tuna
  • shellfish
  • Cod
  • Tilapia

Personally I enjoy sardines for omega-3. I like the way they taste and I know they are healthy. But I also use a purified fish oil supplement daily as well since I know the vast majority of us don’t consume enough omega- fatty acids on a daily basis and I don’t want to ingest the contaminants of larger fish that pick up mercury, lead, and other serious impurities.

Source by Dan Ho