posted on Nov, 17 2008 @ 01:14 PM
A nurse friend (and fellow super-food enthusiast) just scanned and emailed me this report she found in a current medical publication.
The author gave permission to copy\share his article.
"Sardines. Nasty, right? Only your weird uncle eats them. They come in a tin, tightly packed together, they're messy, and they stink. Why would
anyone eat sardines in the 21st century? At least that's what we used to think. Turns out high quality sardines don't stink. The tin may be a little
tricky to open, but you're not going to fall backwards from an overwhelming pungent odor when you finally peel away the lid. While they are messy,
it's nothing a little fork work can't bring under control. Yes, they may appear unappetizing, but if you enjoy the taste of fish, you will be
pleasantly surprised with the flavor of premium sardines. And if you're a sushi lover, we guarantee you'll like sardines.
Some sardine trivia: They are named after the isle of Sardinia. There actually is no fish named a “sardine” They are members of the herring
family. What constitutes a good canned sardine? Taste of course, but besides taste, there is appearance. Good sardines should be uniform in length and
width. They should have firm pinkish flesh with silvery skin, and should be tightly and evenly laid in the tin. When opened, the aroma should be mild
and pleasant. The bed of oily sauce should be heavy and clear. The Portuguese co-op fisheries’ sardines meet all these standards for quality.
Now for the good stuff: From “10 Miracle Foods” by David Green, M.D.:
Miracle food from the sea… Fishes that contain high levels of EFA rank #1 on the list, and topping the list is sardines. Many
Mediterranean people in their 80s and 90s attribute their good health and longevity to sardines.
Sardines are one of the few foods that contain Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 for short)—a heart-healthy nutrient that increases the energy in your cells,
promotes a healthy immune system, fights free radicals, and even helps you maintain healthy gums. Sardines are also one of the best, if not THE best
source of heart-healthy omega-3 oils. By now, everyone is aware of the benefits to the heart and circulatory system. Omega-3 oils are also important
for maintaining healthy skin. Plus, they may protect against free radical damage which is a factor in aging skin. In addition to CoQ10, these little
nutritional powerhouses are also ample sources of vitamin B12, calcium, selenium, protein, phosphorus and vitamin D.
Ounce for ounce, sardines provide more calcium and phosphorus than milk, more protein than steak, more potassium than bananas, and more iron than
cooked spinach. Most Americans have never eaten a real sardine. Why? Because about 40 years ago, a law was passed that allowed manufacturers to market
any small boned fish as a "sardine" in North America. As a result, many so-called sardines are really brislings, sprats, or other less-tasty fish
that come from the Atlantic.
True sardines, called Sardinia Pilchardus, come from Mediterranean waters. In the Mediterranean region, they are typically served with olive oil,
lemon, and garlic. People say they don't like sardines because of the fishy smell or taste, but they only taste fishy when they're not fresh. In the
USA, our best sources for high-quality sardines are usually health food supermarkets. I’ve found brands from Portugal that are packed fresh within 8
hours of catching, and not frozen. These fresh sardines are delicious. You must be selective when shopping for your sardines. I consume an extremely
nutritious mix of foods. In fact, you could call me a fanatic. At 56, I’m more physically fit than most people half my age. I jog, perform
resistance exercise, and do relaxation\meditation exercises daily. That said, I’m always looking for additional “edges” in my quest for optimal
health and fitness.
After eating fresh sardines 2-3 times a week for 30 days, I’ve noticed my hair is thicker, my skin looks more vibrant, my memory and overall
mental alertness have improved, and 3 chronic sore\stiff joints (A knee, a wrist and a shoulder) have healed! I encourage you to add sardines to your
diet. They’re truly a little miracle from the sea!"