Ikura Keta Salmon Caviar (Roe) 6oz. Jar
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- In 6-oz. resealable glass jar
- Excellent "first food" for infants
- Richest food source of omega-3s
- Richest food source of phospholipid-form omega-3s
- Sustainably harvested
- Product of USA (Alaska)
- Ships frozen
Delicate salmon roe – called "ikura” in Japan – is highly prized by caviar lovers around the world.
Native Alaskans report that salmon roe is an excellent first semi-solid food for infants, introduced at about eight months.
Not only does it provide ample omega-3s for the rapidly growing brain and neural system, salmon roe also helps establish a life-long taste for seafood and its many potential health benefits.
Keta roe boasts remarkably high levels of omega-3s (EPA and DHA), averaging 1,800 mg per 1 oz serving (USDA data).
This is only a bit less omega-3 fat than occurs in a 3.5 oz serving of king salmon, and significantly more than in a 3.5 oz serving of sockeye or silver salmon.
In addition, salmon roe is extraordinarily rich in phospholipid-form omega-3s — 40 to 70% of total omega-3s, versus 1% in salmon flesh — which are extraordinarily well absorbed by the fetal brain.
Ikura: A superior source of highly absorbed omega-3s
Research from Canada's University of Guelph* showed that keta salmon caviar (ikura) is "an exceptionally abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids [and a] richer source of EPA- and DHA-containing PLs [phospholipids] than commercially available krill oil supplements.”
As the study's authors noted, "Results from some clinical trials have reported an enhanced bioavailability of krill oil over that of conventional fish oils, which has been speculated to be an effect of krill’s unique enrichment of EPA-and DHA- in the phospholipid form. Often dismissed as extravagant delicacy caviar represents a rich source of both omega-3 fatty acids and dietary phospholipids.”
And while krill oil is unusually rich in in phospholipid-form omega-3s — compared with other fish and marine oils — salmon roe is an even richer source.
In fact, the Canadian study* found that the amounts of EPA and DHA-containing phospholipids in one serving of salmon caviar were almost eight times greater than the amount in one capsule of krill oil: 1097±34 mg vs. 138±8 mg. (Lacombe RJS et al. 2014).
On a practical basis, the Canadian study found that the amounts of phospholipid-form EPA and DHA in one serving of salmon caviar were almost eight times greater than the amount in one capsule of krill oil: an average of 1097mg vs. an average of 138mg.
Further, according to biomedical scientist Rhonda Patrick Ph.D., phospholipid-form omega-3 DHA is exceptionally well absorbed by the fetal brain.
She also notes that 40% to 70% of the omega-3 DHA in salmon roe occurs in the phospholipid-form, versus only 1% of the DHA in salmon flesh.
What People Say
"I absolutely adore your Ikura! ... Time to go fetch more from the freezer..." – Andrea Frankel
Phospholipids vs. other omega-3 forms: Sources
- Burri L et al. Marine omega-3 phospholipids: metabolism and biological activities. Int J Mol Sci. 2012 Nov 21;13(11):15401-19. doi: 10.3390/ijms131115401.
- Lacombe RJS, Tran S, Piekarski J, Holub BJ. The direct comparison of the omega-3 phospholipid content in krill oil supplements and salmon caviar. University of Guelph. 2014.
- Murru E, Banni S, Carta G. Nutritional properties of dietary omega-3-enriched phospholipids. Biomed Res Int. 2013;2013:965417. doi: 10.1155/2013/965417. Epub 2013 Jul 31. Review.
- Ramprasath VR, Eyal I, Zchut S, Jones PJ. Enhanced increase of omega-3 index in
healthy individuals with response to 4-week n-3 fatty acid supplementation from krill oil versus fish oil. Lipids Health Dis. 2013 Dec 5;12:178. doi: 10.1186/1476-511X-12-178.
- Rossmeisl M et al. Metabolic effects of n-3 PUFA as phospholipids are superior to triglycerides in mice fed a high-fat diet: possible role of endocannabinoids. PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e38834. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038834. Epub 2012 Jun 11.
- Schuchardt JP et al. Incorporation of EPA and DHA into plasma phospholipids in response to different omega-3 fatty acid formulations--a comparative bioavailability study of fish oil vs. krill oil. Lipids Health Dis. 2011 Aug 22;10:145. doi: 10.1186/1476-511X-10-145.
Learn this food's omega 3/6 balance, and why it matters.
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"Absolutely Amazing" Review: I used to buy my salmon roe from a health food store. Eating caviar/roe was difficult at first. I ate it for the health benefits. I am not only used to it now, I actually love the taste it adds to eggs or steaks. I can honestly say that now I like the taste and consistency. When I found Vital Choice only I purchased this 6oz. jar because I wanted to see if there was any difference in taste (the one I used to purchase at the store was considerably cheaper per ounce). When I tasted the Vital Choice Wild Salmon Roe, I was blown away. The taste, consistency and freshness were so very clearly superior to the roe I used to buy at the health food store that I have now decided to purchase the 2.2 pound tray. This roe is absolutely amazing, if you like salmon roe in general.
"Excellent quality" Review: Really great quality Ikura. As this was my first order with VCS I checked reviews first and noticed a few less than good reviews, but now 6 jars in and ready to reorder the next 6, I don't think they were correct at all. This stuff is super flavorful and compared to what you get in a sushi restaurant in one order, I"ll take a six ounce jar any day for this price. Excellent shipping to boot!!
"Salty and fishy!" Review: This was way too fishy tasting and salty. I loved caviar at sushi places, but this stuff is just canny tasting. Very overpriced. Hello Denise, Our Customer Service Team would like to reach out to you shortly to discuss your order. Thank you, The Vital Choice Team
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Nutrition & IngredientsIngredients: Wild Keta (chum) salmon roe (eggs), water, salt.
Nutrition FactsSalmon Caviar (Ikura) - 6 ozServing Size 1 oz (28g)
Amount Per ServingCalories 70 Calories from Fat 33
% Daily Value*Total Fat 4g 6%Saturated Fat 1g 5%Trans Fat 0gCholesterol 48mg 16%Sodium 308mg 13%Total Carbohydrate 2.5g 1%Dietary Fiber 0gSugars 0gProtein 9g
Vitamin A 3% • Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% • Iron 3%
Keep frozen at or below 0° F (-18° C) and use within six months. Ikura stored in frost-free freezers should be used within 3 months.
Thawing should take place slowly in order to preserve quality. Thaw in unopened tub, under refrigeration at or below 38 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius). Once thawed, serve immediately.
Serve Ikura with crackers, bread, and/or and celery stalks, or over fresh steamed rice or soba noodles.
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