Many scientific studies from around the world have associated seafood consumption with a healthy lifestyle.
A few facts about seafood: it contains a large amount of omega-3 fatty acids, it's high in antioxidants and vitamins, and is an excellent source of protein - all very beneficial to one's health.
But where do all these seafood benefits come from?
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that our body needs to function, but does not make. There are there main omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA fatty acids are found almost exclusively in seafood and are believed to be responsible for the health benefits found in fish oil.
The omega-3 fatty acid content in fish is derived from phytoplankton: small plant cells that are a source of food for many aquatic organisms. In both aquaculture and mariculture phytoplankton is utilized as a key food item when cultivating species.
The amount of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish varies depending on a number of factors including: the diet of the fish, the season and location of the catch and their reproductive cycles. In most cases, the level of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish is related to the total fat content of the fish.
Click here to view the omega-3 content of frequently consumed seafood products.
The American Heart Association recommends consuming 1,000 milligrams (mg) of EPA/DHA per day for patients with coronary heart disease, and two meals of oily fish per week (8 ounces or more), for patients without heart disease. When the recommended amount of these fatty acids is consumed on a regular basis, it can lead to great health benefits. Some of the many health benefits that have been linked to regularly consuming EPA and DHA fatty acids include: cancer prevention and cardiovascular disease prevention.
Seafood is also high in antioxidant E, vitamin A, C, D, and B-complex vitamin.
Vitamin A is important to maintain healthy vision and skin; Vitamin C is essential to boost immune function and B-complex vitamin is associated with healthy development of the nervous system.
Like EPA and DHA fatty acids, Vitamin D is very important to consume because our body, other than receiving it from the sun, does not produce it. Vitamin D can help in optimal calcium absorption and in the development of strong bones and immune system function. In many parts of the country where sun exposure is not very high throughout the year, seafood is an excellent natural source of vitamin D.
For all those protein-consious people out there, seafood is an ideal source or high quality protein. As many people know, protein plays a vital role in the body and it's used in large amount by muscle. Muscle uses protein as a fuel in order to spare the use of glucose. Since glucose is the only fuel source for the brain, it is extremely important for the rest of the body to have alternative energy sources, and high quality protein, like fish, is one of those sources.
Click here to view the nutrient composition for the 20 most frequently consumed seafood.
Just like eating fish can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle; when purchasing seafood, look for fish from sustainable sources and keep an eye on its country of origin. By doing this, you can make sure you get the best fish available at your local market while ensuring a lasting supply of healthy seafood for generations to come.
A few months after introducing our fresh Icelandic cod program we are having great beginning success.
In order to bring you some of the freshest Icelandic cod in the U.S. market, an expert team of Captains and fishermen are constantly out at sea in the cold, fast moving waters of the North Atlantic to catch Icelandic cod, which is recognized for its beautiful color and superior quality.
Captain Sverrir Gunnalaugsson on board the GULLBERG has had a successful career working as a fisherman since the 60's and as a Captain for the last 4 decades. Today, he is still going strong, leading his crew out to sea to catch delicious Icelandic cod.
Captain Magnus Rikardsson on board the DRANGAVIK is "just" in his fifties and is recognized for his 30 years experience as Captain and for his good success leading crews, like the VSV crew, out to sea for some fresh catch!
VSV's fishing vessels operate with Iceland's fisheries jurisdiction off the Southern Coast of Iceland. These hard working Captains and their fishing crews fish for Atlantic cod in a responsible manner by using trawlers that operate according to international standards for sustainability such as Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and MSC Chain of Custody, which are certified by Global Trust, Ltd.
Icelandic fishing grounds have seasonal openings and closures to maintain a healthy fishery. Icelandic cod grows in areas fully exposed to the strong currents of the Atlantic Ocean, giving the fish a clean, mild flavor and firm texture derived from the fast moving waters off the Icelandic coast.
Along with beautiful color and excellent quality, VSV's fresh catch is received at JFK and BOS for distribution to the North American market.
As with the rest of our products, VSV fresh Icelandic cod is traceable all the way back to its origin (or fishing ground!). Click here for product details.