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Sockeye Salmon and Astaxanthin

It’s difficult to pick a favorite salmon from all the line-caught wild salmon that Alaska Gold Seafood offers. All are great sources of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids and all are delicious. Wild Salmon truly is nature’s perfect protein!

Our Alaska Gold Coho Salmon is mild, clean-tasting, and grills well. Our Alaska Gold King Salmon is big and rich with a luscious flake. Our Alaska Gold Keta Salmon is also mild with a faint and pleasant earthy flavor that is easy to blend with a wide range of recipes. Our Alaska Gold Sockeye Salmon is bold in flavor and loaded with vitamin D and astaxanthin. 

Well, wait, what is astaxanthin?


In short, astaxanthin is the orange-red antioxidant pigment produced by marine algae, in part to protect their DNA from sunlight-induced damage. The benefits of astaxanthin go up the ocean food chain, first from small plankton and algae-eating crustaceans such as shrimp and krill, and then to wild Alaska salmon that eat these creatures while roaming the oceans.

Recent studies show that astaxanthin…

* inhibits cancer growth

*reduces inflammation

*prevents heart and liver damage

*reduces cholesterol levels

Additionally, researchers believe astaxanthin can improve endurance, enhance skin appearance, increase immune response, as well as reduce risk factors for heart disease.

Sockeye Salmon with Astaxanthin Infographic.

All salmon have flesh that is white at birth, but gradually turns orange-red as they continuously consume astaxanthin-rich crustaceans. Wild Alaska Salmon – such as our sockeye salmon, king salmon, coho salmon, and keta salmon – are some of the richest food sources of astaxanthin. And sockeye salmon, because its diet leans heavily on krill and plankton, is particularly rich in astaxanthin.

But on top of the astaxanthin, sockeye salmon is a spectacular source of protein and excellent source of vitamin B12 and vitamin D, in addition to the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids so craved by many wild salmon fans.

Sockeye salmon has a bolder flavor than our milder coho salmon and keta salmon, for example. We find that because sockeye salmon is more flavor-forward, sockeye salmon pairs well with more upfront flavors. We recommend this Alaska Gold Sockeye Salmon with Chipotle Honey Glaze Recipe. Or this Mustard Maple Sockeye Salmon with Roasted Vegetables Recipe.

What makes our Alaska Gold Sockeye special is that are caught on hook and line, caught on hook and line. These line-caught sockeye salmon are specially handled with the same One Hook One Fish philosophy with which we approach our famous king salmon and coho salmon and will be some of the finest salmon you’ve had.

Give these recipes a shot as we have our Alaska Gold Sockeye Salmon on sale right now as part of our American Heart Month Sale, which also includes our Rockfish, Sablefish, and more.

Benefits of Seafood and Omega-3s
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American Heart Month. How Seafood Helps Promote Heart Health

Every year 610,000 people die from heart disease, the leading cause of death. Studies show that seafood consumption reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.

One of the primary reasons that seafood, especially fatty fish such as wild Alaska salmon and sablefish, has been shown to reduce heart disease issues is because of the high content of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), particularly in fatty fish like wild salmon and sablefish.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a part of every cell in our bodies, particularly in the cells of our eyes, heart and brain. The higher the combined dietary intake of EPA and DHA, especially from seafood, the lower the risk of fatal heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are high quality fats that are critical components of our diets. Fatty fish such as wild salmon and sablefish contain heart-healthy fats, such as unsaturated fat. This unsaturated fat is necessary for the absorption of important fat-soluble vitamins such A, E, D and K. Without fat, these nutrients are poorly assimilated by the body.

Omega-3 fatty acids dramatically lower the triglycerides in blood, thus reducing risk of heart disease. In addition, high levels of EPA and DHA help increase blood levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol, also reducing risk of heart disease and heart failure.

Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation infographic

Chronic, low-grade inflammation has been found to be an underlying cause in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, depression and heart disease. Inflammation comes from poor diet and being sedentary, among other factors. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the risk of inflammation.

To combat all these problems, Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Heart Association both recommend at least two servings of fish per week, preferably fatty fish such as our Alaska Gold Wild Salmon and Sablefish.

Complimenting seafood with plant-based diets, such as a Mediterranean-type diet have been shown again and again to be the best prevention of chronic disease and the best way to promote overall health. Consuming fatty fish along with plants rich in vitamins A, E and K, such as green leafy vegetables, creates a synergistic effect. Combining wild Alaska seafood that has a higher fat content such as our wild king salmon, wild sockeye salmon or sablefish along with foods high in vitamin A such as bell peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots or broccoli helps your body absorb vitamin A and vitamin E. Check out this teriyaki-braised Alaska sablefish with colorful vegetables recipe.

Seafood is best source of Omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA from Seafood infographic

Along with staying active, keeping heart-healthy seafood as part of your routine is a key to staying well.

We have our Sablefish portions, Sockeye portions, Rockfish fillets, Black Cod Bites and more ON SALE. Check out our American Heart Month Sale here.

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Am K Clin Nutr. 2006 Jul; 84(1):5-17. N-3 Fatty acids from fish or fish-oil supplements, but not alpha-linolenic acid, benefit cardiovascular disease outcomes in primary- and secondary-prevention studies: a systematic review. Wang C1, Harris WS, Chung M, Lichtenstein AH, Balk EM, Kupelnick B, Jordan HS, Lau J.

Am J Clin Nutr. 2003 Feb;77(2):319-25. N-3 Polyunsaturated fatty acids, fatal ischemic heart disease, and nonfatal myocardial infarction in older adults: the Cardiovascular Health Study. Lemaitre RN1, King IB, Mozaffarian D, Kuller LH, Tracy RP, Siscovick DS.

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Nutrients. 2010 Mar; 2(3): 375-388. Omega-3 Index and Sudden Cardiac Death Clemens von Shacky 1,2

Cardiovascular Research 73 (2007) 310-315 Cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids Clemens von Shacky a, Willam S. Harris

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J Nutr 2008; 138:1061-6. Fish oil in combination with high or low intakes of linoleic acid lowers plasma risk markers in healthy men Damsgaard CT, Frokiaer H, Andersen AD, Lauritzen L. Harris WS. n-3 fatty acids and serum lipoproteins: human studies. Am J Clin Nutr 1997; 65:1645S-1654S.

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National Seafood Month. Live smarter and healthier with Alaska Gold Seafood.

October is National Seafood Month, and we’d like to highlight our Alaska Gold Sablefish and our  Alaska Gold Keta Salmon, the healthy qualities of Alaska seafood, and the importance of family meals.

Our Alaska Gold Sablefish is rich, buttery and just loaded with omega-3s, the importance of which we’ll highlight in this and several other emails later this month.

Our Alaska Gold Keta Salmon is a family-friendly and affordable way to get wild-caught salmon in our diets. Mild in flavor and affordable for families on a budget, share a meal together with your family with our Alaska Gold Keta Salmon. Here’s a note from a customer about our Alaska Gold Keta Salmon: “I usually prepare the keta salmon in a little coconut oil, about 4 mins/side and serve with some mango salsa. (Mango, lime juice a little onion and cilantro, salt & pepper). Sometimes I serve it on a bed of lettuce. Works for breakfast, lunch or dinner […] This is the recipe my family and I enjoy. We like to taste the salmon and not hide it with too many other flavors.”

 This October with National Seafood Month we’d like to highlight the importance of eating smarter and healthier with seafood. 7 out of 10 deaths in the U.S. are preventable through lifestyle and nutrition changes. One nutritional improvement we can make is including more heart and brain-healthy omega-3s to our diets by eating more seafood.

Seafood and brain health are closely connected, as eating seafood can help reduce anxiety, stress and headaches, and even protect against depression. In addition, eating 8-12 ounces of seafood per week when pregnant can improve future babies’ IQs, cognitive development and eye health. Seafood also supplies children with the nutrients essential for strong bones, brain development and a healthy immune system.

In addition to celebrating our Alaska Gold Sablefish and Alaska Gold Keta Salmon and the brain-healthy omega-3s in Alaska seafood, this National Seafood Month we’d like to celebrate the all-important family meal. We are a family-oriented company with many of our fishermen coming from multiple generations of fishing families who have been part of our cooperative over the 75 years since its formation. Community and family are extremely important to us as an organization. Community and family are also important at mealtimes. Children who grow up having family meals together tend to be healthier and on average consume about 130 fewer daily calories compared to people who eat out more often. Benefits to making a routine of having a family meal together at home include a 12% reduction in being overweight, a 35% reduction in disordered eating, and a 24% increase in likelihood to select healthier foods.

This is a great time to renew a commitment to serving meals that nourish you and your family members’ bodies, brains, and lives. The benefits of seafood for kids, big and small, are really important, too! Seafood, like wild salmon and sablefish, supply the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s essential for strong bones, brain development, and healthy heart and immune system. Studies show that for children eating seafood just twice a week leads to better attention span, better grades, and better sleep. The healthy fats found naturally in seafood, the omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are essential to our health. Here’s a big bonus: Seafood has more vitamin B12 and vitamin D than any other type of food.

In addition, our Alaska Gold Seafood is a super-convenient family meal. The seafood portions we sell via our website can be cooked in 15 minutes or less. In a recent customer survey, over 95% of the respondents said that “Cooking with Alaska Gold Seafood is an easy weeknight meal. Super convenient!”

Enjoy our Alaska Gold Seafood in meals with family and friends and take advantage of savings on our our Alaska Gold Sablefish and our Alaska Gold Keta Salmon. Sales ends October 31st midnight PST.

Stay tuned for more highlights this month!

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Make premium-quality wild Alaska Seafood part of your regular routine with our Alaska Gold Loyalty Program

There are so many reasons to make wild Alaska seafood a regular part of your diet. 

Wild Alaska seafood…

* helps restore and maintain mental health

*relieves children’s asthma,

*and even helps us live longer and more productive lives.

Eating seafood two or three times per week can reduce risk of chronic disease. Making seafood a regular part of our diets not only lowers blood pressure, but can help potentially reduce risk of stroke, depression, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic diseases.

Make premium-quality wild Alaska Seafood part of your regular routine with our Alaska Gold Loyalty Program.  Sign up for an Alaska Gold Club Loyalty Program subscription and get delivery of the fish you select at a regularly discounted price. Our Alaska Gold Loyalty Program offers are on sale through September 30th.

With a subscription to the Alaska Gold Loyalty Program, you get a regularly discounted price on a recurring Alaska Gold seafood subscription order. You only enter your credit card information once. Stop delivery any time you want. See below for how it works:

Alaska Gold Club Wild King Salmon Portions

After your first order, the default is set for monthly recurring shipments. Your order will automatically renew in one month. So, if you ordered on October 5th, your order will automatically renew with your credit card charged on the 5th of November, and then ship out on the next available shipping date.

However, you can schedule with us and we can set other dates or a different order frequency. For example, some customers have their orders renew every 6 weeks. Others have their orders renew every 3 weeks. And still other customers sometimes have us pause their recurring order and call us to renew as needed.  

We can also switch up what items you receive in your order. Maybe in one order you receive our king salmon portions and in the next order we ship our halibut portions. Just contact us via email or phone and we’re happy to take care of you. There is no cost to join!

In addition, each frozen item you add to your subscription order will be 15% off. So, if you regularly receive our Alaska Gold Sablefish Portions, you can add a 5-pound box of our king salmon portions for 15% off the a la carte price. Or, design your own variety pack using our seafood offerings, and we’ll set a regularly discounted price. Just contact us via email or phone.

Unlike the local fish market, your supermarket, or many other online sources for wild-caught seafood, as a fishermen-owned co-op we actually produce wild-caught seafood, so we’re not middlemen. We are the fishermen who feed families around the country. Because we are the actual supplier, we will shine at producing premium-quality seafood for customers in bulk quantities.

Many of our customers see the cost savings in ordering 10, 20 or even 30-pound bulk boxes of our Alaska seafood. But not everybody has a freezer big enough to handle bulk orders of wild-caught seafood. We recommend sharing with friends to enjoy the cost savings. Or, sign up for one of our Alaska Gold Club Loyalty Program subscriptions and receive a regularly discounted price for premium-quality seafood delivered to your door.

Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to walk you through any help you need deciding if our Alaska Gold Loyalty Program is for you.

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How Seafood Helps Relieve Children’s Asthma

Might Wild Seafood alleviate children with asthma?

An international study led by Australia’s La Trobe University has found that children with asthma who followed a healthy Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty fish had improved lung function after six months. We are finally figuring out that diets high in fat, sugar and salt can influence childhood development and might contribute to asthma in children. “Fatty fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. Our study shows eating fish just twice a week can significantly decrease lung inflammation in children with asthma.”

The clinical trial involved 64 children aged five to 12 who had mild asthma. Researchers divided the children into two groups and instructed around half to eat two meals of cooked fatty fish (of at least 150 grams) as part of the Greek Mediterranean diet every week for six months. The remaining children followed their normal diet. At the end of the trial, they found the group who ate fish had reduced their bronchial inflammation by 14 units. Above 10 units is significant under international guidelines.

Several great options to get kids excited about seafood are our wild keta salmon and wild coho salmon. Use these tips to get kids excited about seafood:

  • Try it with something familiar. If your child likes Mexican food, try making salmon tacos with our Easy Salmon Burger Meat.
  • Try it at lunch time. Many time kids are more willing to try new food at lunch. It might help to avoid the “witching hour” at dinnertime.
  • Put it on your plate, too. If dad’s eating halibut, maybe junior will too.
  • A favorite dipping sauce can keep it fun and casual. Maybe a soy ginger peanut butter sauce? Tartar sauce? Or a Greek yogurt mixed with Old Bay seasoning. Try whatever your kids really love.
  • Try making seasoned breadcrumbs at home to give the fish a fun and tasty crunch. This would work really well with our halibut or our keta salmon portions.
  • Put your seafood between some bread. Young and old love a burger. Once again, our Easy Salmon Burger Meat works really well for making burgers.
  • Make it fun!
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Eat Wild Alaska Seafood and Live Longer

Wild Alaska Seafood Health Benefits
Image courtesy of Alaska Seafood

Eat wild Alaska Seafood and live longer.

It might seem like an outlandish claim that we’ve found the fountain of youth, but more evidence keeps showing up that that eating seafood might not only improve longevity, but the quality of life in old age.

recent study revealed that higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water fish are associated with a lower risk of unhealthy aging (longer version of the study here). Another study, which looked at 2700 generally healthy American adults and how the Omega-3s in their blood affected their lives, showed that older adults with higher levels of omega-3s have a 27% lower risk of prematurely dying from all causes and a 35% lower risk of dying from heart disease. Those who have the most heart-healthy Omega-3s in their diets live, on average, 2.2 years longer than those with the least.

But it’s not just living longer on average that makes seafood special, incorporating more seafood as part of our diets is also associated with healthier aging. A study of over 2,500 adults between 1992 and 2015  found that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids present in seafood reduce the risk of unhealthy aging. The study found, after correcting for other factors such as age, sex, and race, that adults with higher levels of EPA and DPA had a better chance of healthy aging. Healthy aging is defined as a living a meaningful lifespan without chronic diseases.

The study found, after correcting for other factors such as age, sex, and race, that adults with higher levels of EPA and DPA had a better chance of healthy aging. Participants with the highest level of omega-3s present had an 18 percent lower risk of unhealthy aging. Participants with the highest levels of EPA and DPA, the omega-3s commonly found in seafood, had the best results: Those with high levels of EPA had a 24 percent lower risk of unhealthy aging, and those with DPA had an 18 percent lower risk of unhealthy aging.

“We found that older adults who had higher levels of omega 3 from seafood were more likely to live longer and healthier lives,” lead study author Heidi Lai of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston told Reuters. “These findings support current national dietary guidelines to consume more seafood.”

Based on these studies, nutritionists and health professionals are coalescing around the following recommendations:

  • Eating fish two or three times per week can reduce risk of chronic disease.
  • The lean protein and omega-3s in wild Alaska seafood make it a smart, nutritious choice.
  • Eating seafood is good for your heart.
  • Eating seafood not only lowers blood pressure, but can help potentially reducing risk of stroke, depression, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic diseases.

The healthy omega-3 fats, lean protein, vitamin D, and selenium in fish prove so powerful that both the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Heart Association recommend eating seafood at least two times a week.

This February we’ll be celebrating American Heart Month. With one in four deaths in the United States caused by heart disease, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The good news is that heart disease can often be prevented when we make healthy choices. One healthy choice to make is including more seafood in our diets. A number of our customers have noted on the phone with us that their doctors’ recommendations of including more seafood in their diets led them to find Alaska Gold. With our line-caught wild salmon and sablefish, which are particularly high in Omega-3s, you can’t go wrong. Being line-caught means that the salmon are by definition actively feeding, at their peak, and especially loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids.

Alaska Seafood is also good choice if you are watching salt in your diet. Evidence suggests that eating seafood with omega-3s contributes to lower blood pressure, especially in people with high blood pressure (hypertension) or on weight-loss diets. In addition, omega-3s act on blood vessels and kidneys to help lower blood pressure. Reducing salt while increasing omega-3 intake further lowers blood pressure.

Eat wild Alaska seafood for your heart. Live longer and healthier.

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New Year…New Seafood Routine

Happy New Year!

We hope you and yours are well. Hopefully you’re also starting the new year right with the recommended two to three servings of seafood per week to feed your body and mind. 

We have a lot of customers who only order our King Salmon. Some are very loyal to our famous Gourmet Canned Tuna. Some customers stick with the Halibut.

We all have our routines. Without fail, every week I grill one of our Coho salmon fillets for a Salmon Saturday family meal. For a special weeknight meal, I make our Miso-marinated Sablefish. Tuesday nights, I make salmon tacos with our Easy Salmon. When I forget to bring a lunch to work, I eat our canned tuna or Canned Ivory King Salmon right out of the can. I find this canned ivory king salmon also works perfectly for an easy pasta dish with garlic and capers.

An Instagram follower recently posted this Alaska Gold Halibut with a homemade lime ponzu sauce topped with ginger, green onions on top of steamed rice with broccoli. I’m going to switch up my routine and get this halibut dish into my routine for a nutritious and delicious addition to my routine.

Halibut with Homemade Lime Ponzu Sauce

We used to pack a sampler box with our classic offerings. We are no longer packing this sampler box, but we invite you to customize your own sampler pack to try something new for the new year.

Here’s how you can customize your own variety pack:
 

*Select the fish you want from here. We have box sizes of six portions, 5 pounds and 10 pounds. Combine the species you want. For example, select 5 pounds of halibut and 6 portions of coho salmon. Once you select two or more offers and put them in your cart, enter the following coupon codes at the checkout screen…

With 2 offers in your cart, get $50 off your order with coupon code: 2FishSamplerPack

With 3 offers in your cart, get $75 off your order with coupon code: 3FishSamplerPack

With 4 offers in your cart, get $100 off your order with coupon code: 4FishSamplerPack

In addition, we invite you to try something new. Use the following coupon code for 10% off your order:

TrySomethingNew

Thanks again for being a customer,

Kendall
Alaska Gold Seafood


*Above sampler coupons don’t apply to Loyalty Program subscriptions , bulk orders, or canned items. The TrySomethingNew coupon code does not apply to bulk orders and expires January 31st, 2019.

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Why Swap Meat for Seafood…

Wild Alaska seafood is a venerable powerhouse source of nutrients and is of the highest quality of lean proteins. Alaska seafood is a complete and highly digestible protein, which means that the amino acids are readily absorbed by the body. Low in saturated fat, high in heart protective monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, Alaska seafood also boasts a complete array of essential amino acids, which help repair and rebuild muscles, making seafood a great meal for athletes recovering from a workout.

While being relatively low in calories, Alaska seafood is high in vitamin D. Did you know that 41% of adults in the United States are deficient in Vitamin D? Six-ounce portions of our wild salmon and sablefish  contain 90% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D. Vitamin D has numerous health benefits to our lives and particularly those of us in northern climes do not get nearly enough of it. Alaska seafood, particularly wild salmon and black cod, contain plentiful Vitamin D and all of the wonders this vitamin brings for our bodies. In addition to strengthening teeth, bones and our immune systems, vitamin D can help curb depression, maintains good blood pressure, and acts as an antioxidant removing the damaging free radicals that are produced in our cells from vigorous exercise.

Nutritional Benefits of Alaska Seafood with ballet dancer Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland. Ballet Dancer. Photo courtesy of Alaska Seafood.

Alaska seafood is naturally high in essential vitamins E, A and C and also a good source of potassium, which is an important electrolyte that maintains fluid balance in the body as well as being responsible for proper muscle contraction and transmitting nerve impulses.

Just about the only way to get the Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA recommended by health specialists for heart and brain health is by eating fatty fish from cold waters. Our Alaska Gold Wild Salmon, Sablefish, and Albacore Tuna are some of the fish with the highest concentrations of Omega-3 fatty acids that exist. These fatty acids reduce inflammation and increase heart and brain health.

DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an important nutrient that inhibits aggregation of blood platelets, making it difficult for blood clots to form and thereby enhancing blood flow. The Omega-3 fatty acid DHA is also an important nutrient for generating brain cells and function for learning, especially in the early brain and nerve development of infants, but is also thought to help prevent dementia in elderly people.

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) thins the blood and is effective against LDL (bad) cholesterol. Most importantly, EPA maintains blood and blood vessel health. EPA can help prevent stroke, heart attack, hardening of the arteries, and other coronary diseases.

Seafood is also easier to cook than other proteins. It does not require the cook times that other meats do, for example, and if it’s of great quality, like our Alaska Gold Seafood, it requires minimal seasonings. Pull one of our coho salmon portions out of the freezer, put it in the fridge for 24 hours, then in the oven at 425 F for 6-8 minutes with a few basic seasonings.

Or try our Easy Salmon on sale through the end of June, 2018. Try these Easy Salmon Recipes made by our customers.

 

 

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Here’s why seafood is an important part of the training regiment of Gold medalist Kikkan Randall

Congratulations to 5-time Olympian and Alaskan Kikkan Randall from the U.S. Cross-Country Skiing team that won the Gold medal in the team sprint at the PyeongChang Olympic Games.

In this video from Alaska Seafood, Kikkan talks about how Alaska Seafood “feeds her fitness.” Wild Alaska Seafood is a lean, high-quality protein. Eating Alaska Seafood was part of Kikkan’s training regimen while pregnant. The DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid plentiful in Alaska seafood, particularly wild salmon, is essential for the nervous system and brain development in babies.

A high-quality lean protein source is important for all kinds of athletes. Whether you’re running in the local 5k or training for the next Olympics, there is no purer, more natural source of protein than wild seafood. Lean but dense with nutrients at the same time, seafood is a perfect protein for athletes.

Achieving peak form is a goal for all of us, whether we’re pro, amateur, or not even practicing athletes. And seafood should be part of all of our diets. Wild Alaska Seafood has such an expansive nutrient profile that meets most of the important physiological demands of an athlete in training.

Wild Alaska Seafood helps athletes…

Recover faster

Convert protein and sugar to energy as an excellent source of vitamins B6 and B12

Augment blood flow

Reduce swelling

Maximize fat loss by lowering triglycerides

Develop focus and mind function

Maintain strong and healthy bones with its exceptionally high vitamin D content

Optimize aerobic capacity

Expand lung performance

Improve joint health

Be Happier

Here’s another huge secret: Cooking our seafood, for example our wild salmon portions, is easier than cooking other kinds of proteins, and makes a meal in less than 15 minutes Even better, try our Canned Ivory King Salmon. We frequently hear from hiking and bicycling customers that bringing our canned king salmon in their packs is so much better than bringing those bland overpriced bars, which don’t have as much nutrition.

In addition, our Easy Salmon, packed in one-pound bags, is so versatile for making a diverse array of recipes, perfectly packaged for a family of four or a hungry couple.

Wild Alaska seafood is…

The highest quality of proteins. It is a complete and highly digestible protein, which means that the amino acids are readily absorbed by the body.

A lean protein loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and blood pressure and hence strengthen heart health.

Low in saturated fat, high in heart protective monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Low in calories, high in vitamin D. Did you know that 41% of adults in the United States are deficient in Vitamin D? Alaska seafood, particularly wild salmon and black cod, contain plentiful Vitamin D and all of the wonders it brings for our bodies. Vitamin D acts as an antioxidant removing the damaging free radicals that are produced in our cells from vigorous exercise.

A good source of potassium, which is an important electrolyte that maintains fluid balance in the body as well as being responsible for proper muscle contraction and transmitting nerve impulses.

Wild Alaska Seafood…

Repairs and rebuilds muscles with its complete array of essential amino acids. Wild seafood from colder waters, like those of Alaska, have very high concentrations of Omega-3 fatty acids. We know Omega-3 fatty acids are good for the heart–they’re associated with a significant reduction in coronary artery diseases. In addition, Omega-3s from marine sources (i.e., wild seafood) are more easily absorbed and digestible than other sources. The most effective Omega-3s are EPA and DHA, the latter Kikka talks about in the video.

May help decrease inflammation caused by intense exercise and reducing the muscle soreness that occurs after workouts. Alaska seafood also has B vitamins, which are responsible for the conversion of muscle glycogen for energy and support aerobic energy metabolism by helping with oxygen transport within the body.

Sources:

Alaska Seafood

Nutrient Content & Variability in Newly Obtained Salmon Data for USDA Nutrition Database for Standard Reference. Jacob Exler, Pamela R. Pehrsson. USDA, Human Nutrition Research Center Program No. 533.7

Issues of Fish Consumption for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction. Susan K. Raatz, Jeffrey Silverstein, Lisa Jahns, Matthew J. Picklo Sr. Review in Nutrients 2013, 5(4), 1081-1097, doi.

AgResearch Magazine August 2015. Americans Missing Out on Seafood Health Benefits

Long Chain Omega 3 Fatty Acids: EPA & DHA and Blood Pressure: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Page E. Miller, Marty Van Elswyk and Dominik Alexander, Jan. 2014 American Journal of Hypertension 2014 27 (7) pg 885-896.

Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Position Statement from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and The American College of Sports Medicine. Nancy R. Rodriguez, Nancy M. DiMarco, Susie Langley. March 01, 2010.

Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General (US) 2004 at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK45503

Overview of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. University of Maryland Medical Center at https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega3-fatty-acids

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How to make seafood meals easy, delicious, nutritious and rewarding

According to a recent poll, only 30% of American families eat dinner together every night, despite numerous studies underscoring the long-term health and societal benefits of eating together as a family. Research shows that eating family meals together results in a positive impact on health and wellness while reducing obesity rates, eating disorders, risky behaviors in teens and diabetes in adults. Also, when you cook your own meals together, you know what you’re putting in your food, which often is healthier than when you don’t know.

February is American Heart Month and the American Heart Association recommends eating heart-healthy seafood at least twice a week, yet only 10% of Americans get at least 2 servings of seafood a week.

A really fun dinner with friends and family of all ages is our Easy Salmon Cakes recipe. See this review of the recipe and our Easy Salmon from a happy Alaska Gold customer: “I made my first batch of salmon cakes following the recipe I found on the AG website and OMG! I was skeptical at first but I’m truly converted: the minced salmon is amazing with no variation in flavor whatsoever […] The easy salmon is delicious and yes, easy to prepare. It took 30 minutes from preparation and sautéing! Dinner in a snap and tasty too!”

Easy Salmon Cakes
Easy Salmon Cakes

An easy way to get heart-healthy seafood into your family’s weekly plan is to include our Alaska Gold Easy Salmon. Easy Salmon is made from our wild coho salmon, which is a lean protein, low in saturated fats and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

The healthy “good” unsaturated fats found in foods like wild salmon may help lower risk of heart disease, depression, dementia and arthritis. Replacing 5 percent of the so-called “bad” fats like trans and saturated fats with the unsaturated fat in seafood and plant-based foods can reduce your risk of early death by up to 27% percent. The Mediterranean diet which includes fish and plant-based foods seems to improve protective effects and helps burn fat faster. In a study with people aged 18-35 eating foods with polyunsaturated fatty acids—like wild salmon—may improve fat metabolism and lower cholesterol.

Bottom line: The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we shift from a diet high in saturated fats to a diet rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats, like those in wild salmon and plant-based proteins. Strive for two to three servings per week.

In addition to the nutritional benefits, most of the Easy Salmon recipes, many from our customers, we have on our website can be made in 30 minutes or less.

These recipes from our customers are fun, unique takes on meals that include our heart-healthy Easy Salmon.

Work Easy Salmon into your family meals routine for easy, delicious, nutritious and rewarding meals together with your family!