Testimony: Marie-Claude Molnar, Para-Cycling Athlete

MARIE-CLAUDE MOLNAR & SEADNA

Marie-Claude Molnar is a para-cycling athlete on the international scene and she is in her 11th season of competition. What is her secret? Marie-Claude explains that the most important is to have a preparation process that includes physical preparation, mental preparation and most importantly, a good diet.

“It’s important to eat well, especially for athletes,” explains Marie-Claude. The paralympic cyclist partners with SeaDNA for her Seal Oil Omega-3 Supply. In general, Marie-Claude uses lemon seal oil (which does not taste fishy at all!) But to travel, she uses capsules that are more convenient to carry.

HEALTH BENEFITS FOR ATHLETES

For athletes, an Omega-3 supplementation can improve neuromuscular development and reduce fatigue. In addition, seal oil has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to prevent aches and ailments due to fatigue.

The Quebec athlete tells us about the changes that seal oil has brought to her overall health: “I feel a little more energetic, it takes me less time to recover from my training and in general, I feel more healthy. “

Click here to learn more about the health benefits of seal oil for athletes.

SEAL OIL VS FISH OIL

Seal oil is different than fish oil because it contains DHA and EPA fatty acids together with another very powerful Omega-3 called DPA.  

DPA :

  • Is 10 X more efficient than EPA in repairing damaged vessels. 
  • Optimizes Omega-3 intake. 
  • Boosts all key omega-3’s: DPA, EPA & DHA.
  • Is a better antiplatelet than EPA and DHA, reducing the risk of blood clots.

Sourcing:

Unlike fish oils which are often produced from aquaculture farms all over the world, seal oil is harvested in the pristine and icy waters surrounding the Magdalen Islands and the cost of Newfoundland in Canada. Moreover, because it comes from a hunt, it is free from hormones and antibiotics unlike some aquaculture fish oils that we can find on the market.

Absorption:

Mammalian triglyceride molecular structure means that fats are cleaved mainly in sn-1 and sn-3 positions compared to fish oil (sn-2 position ). Thanks to its different triglyceride molecular structure, seal oil is better digested and absorbed by human metabolism.

Click here to learn more about the differences between Seal Oil and Fish Oil.

References: 

10 Reasons Every Lifter, Runner and Athlete Needs Omega-3s <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/10-reasons-every-lifter-runner-and-athlete-needs-omega-3s-0

Evan J. H. Lewis et al: 21 days of mammalian omega-3 fatty acid supplementation improves aspects of neuromuscular function and performance in male athletes compared to olive oil placebo. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2015 <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4470064/> 

F.Shahidi, et al. Seal blubber oil: a novel source of w3 fatty acids, 1996. 

Dyerberg J, et al. Bioavailability of marine n-3 fatty acid formulations, 2010.

Kaur G, et al. Docosapentaenoic acid (22:5n-3): a review of its biological effects, 2011. 

Huffman et al. “Effect of n-3 fatty acids on free tryptophan and exercise fatigue.” Eur J Appl Physiol 92:584-591 (2004). 

Zebrowska et al. “Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation improves endothelial function and maximal oxygen uptake in endurance-trained athletes.” Eur J Sport Sci 15: 305-314 (2015). 

ALEXANDER LEAF D, C RANAN RAUCH. Hypothesis: Omega-3 fatty acids and blood rheology: Implications for human aerobic performance. Ann Sports Med, 4(1): 32-36, 1988. 

LEGER C, C-Y GUEZENNEC, N KADRI HASSINI, P SATABIN. Les acides gras phospho-lipidiques membranaires au cours de l’effort physique de longue durée avec ou sans apport nutritionnel d’huile de poissons. Cah Nutr Diét, XXVII(2): 82-89 (1992). 

Toshie Kanayasu-Toyoda, Ikuo Morita, Sei-itsu Murota. Docosapentaenoic acid (22:5, n -3), an elongation metabolite of eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5, n-3) is a potent stimulator of endothelial cell migration on pretreatment in vitro. 54(5):319-25 (1996).

Seal meat takes centre stage at Quebec culinary festival | CBC News

From Jane Adey – CBC News

Chefs say food hypocrisy has no place at their tables

Chef Jean-Philippe Bourassa-Caron serves seal meat for brunch during Seal Fest in Quebec City at Chez Boulay restaurant. Bourassa-Caron's dish: seal terrine on mushroom purée topped with a bordelaise sauce and poached eggs. (Jane Adey/CBC)

Chef Jean-Philippe Bourassa-Caron prepares poached eggs and a bordelaise sauce for a new feature at his Chez Boulay restaurant in Quebec City.

The sauce and eggs complement an unexpected part of this brunch dish, a meat terrine made with seal.

“I really like to work with seal because it’s a nice taste,” said Bourassa-Caron.

Chez Boulay is one of 20 restaurants in Quebec City, Lévis and Montreal taking part in the second annual Seal Fest, a 10-day culinary festival celebrating seal meat. READ MORE

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/sealfest-quebec-culinary-festival-1.5076634

SEADNA SEAL JERKY : THE SUPER JERKY

From the icy waters of Canada’s Atlantic Ocean comes a new product ready to deliver elevated nutrition for those who love their jerky.

SeaDNA Seal Jerky brings incredible levels of protein, iron and other key nutrients while being almost fat-free and low in calories. Months of taste-testing has resulted in a smoky maple, chipotle, pepper flavour the whole family can love and enjoy.

So why is seal jerky worth a try? There’s more than a few reasons:

WHY CHOOSE SEADNA SEAL JERKY?

PROTEIN PACKED: With a 50% protein content (15g per 30g) you get the highest natural levels of protein currently available in a jerky product.
HIGH IN IRON: Each serving of 30g contains provides 75% of your daily iron needs: a huge boost for people struggling with iron deficiency.
LEAN POWER: Low in fat naturally, SeaDNA Seal Jerky has just 0.5g of unsaturated fat per serving and 80 calories.
NUTRIENT RICH: Along with protein and iron, SeaDNA has naturally high levels of Magnesium, Zinc and Phosphorus.
SAFE AND HEALTHY: SeaDNA Seal Meat has been tested and meets all safety requirements pertaining to heavy metals as defined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. All  SeaDNA products are processed in facilities approved by government agencies.
GLUTEN FREE: SeaDNA Seal Jerky is prepared without the use of gluten.
SUSTAINABLE, SECURE & CANADIAN:  With a population of over 7-million, the north Atlantic harp seal herd is very strong. The quota for the annual harvest is set and strictly monitored by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

With all of this behind it, SeaDNA Seal Jerky is the perfect choice for those looking for a quick energy boost that won’t just fade away. So if you live an active lifestyle, need a quick bite on the run, or need an easy and tasty way to add iron to your diet SeaDNA Seal Jerky is an incredible choice.

DID YOU KNOW?

ZINC

  • Zinc supplement enable higher serum testosterone levels following exercise, which is critical for muscle growth and recovery.
  • Health Canada estimates that 10 to 35% of Canadians have a zinc deficient diet.
  • This percentage increases to 40 % among men aged over 70.

 

IRON

  • In Canada, 9% of women aged 20 to 49 and 13% of adolescents aged 12 to 19 have iron deficiency.
  • Iron deficiency is common among blood donors – particularly for women and frequent donors. 
  • Female athletes participating in endurance sport, are at risk of iron deficiency due to heightened iron losses through menstruation and exercise-induced mechanisms associated with endurance activity. 

 

MAGNESIUM

  • Magnesium enables energy production during exercise, enhances red blood cell activity and the strength of muscle contractions.
  • Magnesium deficiency impairs exercise performance and amplifies the negative consequences of strenuous exercise (e.g., oxidative stress). 
  • According to Health Canada, more than one-third of Canadians do not get enough magnesium through their diet.
  • To obtain the recommended average intake of approximately 250 mg per day, women should consume 330 g of spinach or seven avocados or drink one liter of coconut water per day OR one single SeaDNA Seal Jerky! 

 

Ingredients:   seal meat, brown sugar, maple syrup, chipotle, celery juice powder, cherry powder (dehydrated cherry juice, maltodextrin) [Naturally occurring nitrates] Sea salt, black pepper, smoke flavour.

For more information or to order: www.boutique.seadna/catalog

 

Sources:  

COMMENT SAVOIR SI VOUS AVEZ UNE CARENCE EN ZINC, Premier en Santé. 

Neek, L. et al. Effect of Zinc and Selenium Supplementation on Serum Testosterone and Plasma Lactate in Cyclist After an Exhaustive Exercise Bout. Biological Trace Element Research. 9 July 2011.

Health Canada. “Do Canadian Adults Meet Their Nutrient Requirements Through Food Intake Alone?” 2012. 

Anémie ferriptive. Santé Chez Nous, 2017.

Protégeons notre source de vie: la carence en fer chez les donneurs de sang canadiens. Société canadienne su sang, 2014.

Alaunyte et al. Iron and the female athlete: a review of dietary treatment methods for improving iron status and exercise performance. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition2015 

Nielsen, F., Lukaski, H., Update on the Relationship Between Magnesium and Exercise. Magnesium research. 2006. 19 (3), 180-189.

Molina-Lopez, J., Molina, J., et al. Association Between Erythrocyte Concentrations of Magnesium and Zinc in High-Performance Handball Players after Dietary Magnesium Supplementation. Magnesium research. 2012.

Magnésium, Canadian Health Food Association, 2017. 

 

 

Omega-3 Seal Oil: The Athlete’s Choice ???? ???? ???? ????

Whether it’s hitting the gym, the trails or the rink; the inner push to improve is the spark that ignites that fire. You know all too well the dedication that comes with those early mornings and long days. You put the work in and you expect to see results.  The benefit of traditional Omega-3 supplements has been well documented for those who push their body to the limit. But is fish oil Omega-3 really the best option for you?   

A MORE COMPLETE SOURCE OF OMEGA-3

Not only does SeaDNA seal oil provide EPA and DHA, the fatty acids at the heart of Omega-3 supplements, but it naturally contains a third in DPA.  Science has shown DPA to be an extremely beneficial addition to the basic EPA and DHA fish oils contain.

DPA:

  • Is 10 X more efficient than EPA in repairing damaged vessels. 
  • Optimizes Omega-3 intake. 
  • Boosts all key omega-3’s: DPA, EPA & DHA.
  • Is a better antiplatelet than EPA and DHA, reducing the risk of blood clots.

And SeaDNA seal oil does this all without being chemically modified!

FISH BURP FREE!

For many, their Omega-3 supplement can be a catch-22. You know you need it, but you hate those familiar and always unwelcome “fishy burps.” But with SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal oil these will be a thing of the past.

Due to the seal being a mammal and us humans being the same, our bodies have little trouble digesting and absorbing the benefits SeaDNA Omega-3 delivers. The Sn-1 and Sn-3 positioning of the seal oil triglycerides is identical to what we have in our own bodies. So, the integration of the benefits SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil provides is quick and effective.

 

SCIENCE AND ATHLETES

For athletes and people with active lifestyle, one of the most prominent studies on seal oil was conducted here in Canada at the University of Toronto (Lewis et al, 2015).

Among the findings of the study after only a few weeks comparing non-users to those who did use seal oil:

  1. Seal oil helped increase VO2Max capability by aiding blood flow to capillary beds, the source of oxygen integration through the bloodstream.
  2. Seal oil boosted max force and max contraction in muscles. The most significant increase was around 20%.
  3. Seal oil led to reduced fatigue. The study showed an almost 5% difference on the Wingate test.
  4. Seal oil supplementation produced noticeable results in both neuromuscular and overall performance.

BOOST YOUR RECOVERY

Science has also examined how seal oil can aid in recovery and has revealed some striking benefits. One of the most impressive is how well seal oil performs in repairing damaged vessels, a common ailment among athletes. It most often surfaces in the form of ruptured capillaries or bruising.

A study published by researchers in Japan (Toshie Kanayasu-Toyoda) discovered that DPA was 10x more effective than EPA alone when it came to repairing damage vessels.

 

 

The data also suggests the effect of EPA on endothelial cell migration occurs via DPA, and that DPA plays an important role in repairing damaged vessels. SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil is one of the few places on earth where DPA occurs naturally.

 

WHY SEAL OIL?

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O Canada!

It is time once again to celebrate this amazing country we are blessed to call home. From coast to coast to coast, Canada is unlike any other.  And we at SeaDNA couldn’t be more proud of our land and its amazing natural bounty that provides our truly Canadian, world-class seal oil and seal meat products.

SeaDNA:  the evolution of a Canadian tradition

For as long as Canada has been around, and for hundreds of years previous, the seal hunt has sustained remote coastal communities. 

We know there is no sugar-coating the controversial past of the Atlantic commercial harvest. We own that and recognize it. But times have changed. And now this carefully regulated, government quota-based harvest is one all Canadians can be proud of.

As Canada turns 150 years young, we encourage you to experience for yourself the evolution of this Canadian tradition.

After decades of working with seal, our harvesting partners in Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands (Îles-de-la-Madeleine) have perfected their technique. The result is a unique offering that compares favourably to a fine Filet Mignon. There is nothing quite like the first time one tries SeaDNA Seal products.

Seal Meat

For those who have never tasted seal it can be an awakening. It’s high in protein, low in fat and simply delicious. For those who have tasted it in the past and may have been turned off, let us assure you: this is nothing like what you have previously known.

Year after year some of Canada’s finest restaurants place seal on their menu for simple reasons:

  • it is sustainable
  • it is a secure food source
  • it is a Canadian product they are proud to serve
  • it tastes really, really good

Listed below are restaurants serving seal meat in Quebec and Ontario and retail locations where you can buy it for yourself. Cooking instructions can be found on SeaDNA YouTube channel.

Meat is though, just one of the gifts the seal provides through full utilization of this amazing resource.

Omega-3 Seal Oil

SeaDNA is Canada’s premier retailer of Omega-3 Seal Oil, the most complete supplement on the market. Approved by Health Canada and purified to world-class standards, SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil is natural, unique, pure and Canadian.

With an added Omega-3 fatty acid in DPA to go along with DHA and EPA, seal oil is different from anything else on the supplement market. And we truly believe, it is better as well.

For more information on DPA and the myriad benefits of seal oil, visit our page Why Seal Oil and our blog.

To help celebrate Canada Day, we are offering free shipping on any order over $60.00 throughout the month of July. You can order directly off our website using the PROMO CODE: ocanada, or you can find us on Amazon Canada

 

Sustainable and Canadian

We also encourage anyone who may have questions about the current seal industry to take an honest look at it thanks to Vice Canada’s recent documentary: “The Ethics of Hunting Seal”.

We at SeaDNA hope your Canada Day is one of joy and cheer and seal-ed with unique experiences.



Happy 150th birthday Canada!

Looking pretty darn good, we have to say.

 

Restaurants & Retailers Selling Seal Meat

* Call to order and your seal meat can be delivered in 24 to 48 hours (Holidays etc. can change schedules)

 

ONTARIO :

Restaurant : 

  • Ku-kum Kitchen:  581 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto · (416) 519-2638 

Retailers: 

  • *Cheese Boutique: 45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON · (416) 762-6292
  • *Black Angus Fine Meats: 10-360 Revus Avenue, Mississauga, ON · (905) 271-2333
  • * Whitehouse Meats: St-Lawrence Market, 93 Front Street East, Toronto, ON · (416) 366-4465
  • *Vincenzo’s:  150 Caroline Street South, Waterloo, ON  ·  (519) 741-1437
  • *Brady’s Meats :  465 Philip St. Waterloo, ON  ·  (519) 885-3390

 

OTTAWA / GATINEAU : 

Retailers:

  • *Saslove: 613-241-9266 (BYWARD MARKET) and 613-722-0086 (WELLINGTON STREET)
  • *Glebe Meat Market: (613) 235-9595
  • *Boucherie Gréber: (819) 568-3363
  • *Maison Bisson: (819) 772-0702

 

MONTRÉAL :

Restaurants :

  • Caribou Gourmand :  5308 Boul. St-Laurent · (438) 387-6677
  • Manitoba: 271 Rue Saint Zotique · (514) 270-8000

Retailers:

  • Poissonnerie la Mer : 1840 René-Levesque E ·  (514) 522-3003 ext 231
  • Fou des Îles : 1253 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal · (514) 656-1593
  • Les îles en ville: 5335 Wellington St, Verdun · (514) 544-0854
  • *Marché des saveurs : 280 Place du Marché-du-Nord, Montréal  ·  (514) 271-3811
  • *Aux Saveurs des Sévelin : 1575 Boul. Jacques-Cartier E, Longueuil · (450) 448-3918
  • *Boucherie Dans la Côte: 2123 de Bleury, Montréal · 514 439 9222

 

VILLE DE QUÉBEC :

Restaurants :

  • La Traite : 5 Place de la Rencontre, Wendake, QC · (418) 847-0624

Retailers:

  • Fou du bio : Marché du Vieux-Port, 160 Quai Saint-André, QC · (418)-692-2517
  • Au poisson d’or : 511 Rue Saint-Jean, Ville de Québec, QC ·  (581) 300-1510
  • *Boucherie des Halles : 2500 Ch. des Quatre-Bourgeois, Québec · (418) 659-4248
  • *Le Croc Mignon : 594 3e ave, Québec · (581) 741-7050
  • *Provision : 1115 Ave. Cartier, Québec  ·  (418) 525-7154

 

KAMOURASKA :

  • Bistro Côté Est :  76 Avenue Morel, Kamouraska ·  (418) 308-0739
  • Poissonnerie Lauzier : 57 Avenue Morel, Kamouraska  ·  (418) 492-7988

 

ST-ROMUALD :

  • Au grain de folie : 2286 Chemin du Fleuve, Saint-Romuald · (418) 834-8333

 

RIMOUSKI :

  • Hôtel Rimouski : 225 Boul. René Lepage Est · (418) 721-5000

 

Bon appétit!

Groundbreaking New Study: Seal Oil and Type 1 Diabetes

SeaDNA Canada is thrilled and excited that a remarkable new study released by the University Health Network in Toronto is shining a bright light on the benefits of Omega-3 seal oil.

The groundbreaking work suggests seal oil doesn’t only stop nerve degeneration in patients with Type 1 Diabetes but it can, in fact, reverse the process.

To put it simply: this could be life-changing for millions.

Currently there are NO therapies available for Type 1 Diabetes that stop or reverse the effects of nerve damage, according to the UHN.

The study was led by Dr. Evan Lewis and his team who gave 40 participants seal oil Omega-3 supplements twice a day for a year.

To get a clear picture of how seal oil dietary supplementation impacted damaged nerves, researchers focused on the cornea. This part of the eye has the highest density of nerves in the human body and is considered a good indicator of what Type 1 Diabetes is doing throughout.

After one year of taking seal oil researchers found that ON AVERAGE patients saw a 29% increase in the length of the nerves in the cornea. This unprecedented result is considered a good representation of nerve regeneration in the rest of the body.

According to Dr. Lewis, this could lead to true clinical therapy for sufferers of Diabetic neuropathy and he suggests seal oil may have “the potential to have a regenerative effect” on damaged nerves.

This could be a game-changer for those dealing with the effects of Diabetic neuropathy.

For sufferers, every day can be a different challenge. Neuropathy often presents itself in the form of tingling, burning or numbness in the hands and feet, leading to constant pain or discomfort. This can mean days where walking is impossible and even something as simple as gripping a glass of water can be problematic.

The incredible findings of the work “The Effects of Omega-3 Supplementation on Neuropathy in Type 1 diabetes” have been published in the June 2017 edition of “Neurology”, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study was supported by Diabetes Canada and the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre. Additional intensive study on seal oil and how it battles nerve damage due to diabetes is now expected.

We at SeaDNA are proud to offer Canada’s premier Omega-3 seal oil brand. Approved by Health Canada and third-party tested to ensure unmatched quality and purity. SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil is a healthy and safe Omega-3 option that is truly Canadian.

For more on the benefits of seal oil and why it is your most complete Omega-3 option, join us at www.SeaDNA.ca.

Fight Cholesterol with SeaDNA Omega-3

So you’ve been doing your research on your health. You’ve realized you should probably take an Omega-3 supplement for the myriad benefits they provide. However, you have concerns about your cholesterol level and the impact adding a supplement to your diet could have.

HDL and LDL Ratio

It’s a common concern for thousands in Canada, but there is a possible solution to this problem: SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil.

One key reason: seal oil’s natural cholesterol balance sees HDL or “good cholesterol” in a higher ratio than LDL or “bad cholesterol” when compared to fish oil.

A recent scientific study (Mann NJ, et al. : Effects of seal oil and tuna-fish oil on platelet parameters and plasma lipid levels in healthy subjects. 2010) examined the difference between seal oil and fish oil as it pertains to cholesterol in healthy, human patients. It found:

“HDL-cholesterol levels increased (P = 0.01) with seal oil only. Hence, seal oil may be more efficient than fish oil at promoting healthy plasma lipid profiles and lowering thrombotic risk, possibly due to its high DPA as well as EPA content.”

The study proved that seal oil did not raise the “bad” cholesterol level in participants but did, in fact, raise “good” cholesterol levels along with providing other benefits.

Lower total cholesterol

A pioneering work on seal oil was conducted here in Canada at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. (Sukhinder D. Cheema et al: Diets enriched in Fish-Oil or seal-Oil have Distinct effects on Lipid Levels and peroxidation in BioF1B Hamsters, 2011) It also came to some strong conclusions regarding seal oil vs. fish oil and the impact on cholesterol levels. Their study was done on hamsters and it states:

“The  concentrations of  TGs (triglycerides) and  total  cholesterol  levels…were significantly lower in  seal-oil-fed  hamsters  as  compared  to  fish-oil-fed hamsters. “

Dr. Cheema’s work further illustrates the positive impact seal oil can have on cholesterol levels.

DPA makes the difference

For years, scientists have been amazed by the remarkable health of Inuk populations that consume high levels of seal and seal oil.  One of the most comprehensive studies on the topic was published by Dalhousie University’s R.G. Ackman. His work (“Safety of Seal Oil as a Nutritional Supplement, 1997”) came to this conclusion:

A variety of records, some going back thousands of years…point to seal oil as perfectly safe for a role as a nutritional enhancer in our western society…There is no other practical source for the n-3 docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) component, recently shown to be functionally beneficial in the endothelium of the Circulatory system. It may be a pan of the reasons for the extraordinary health benefits among Greenland Eskimos consuming high levels of seal oil.”

You’ll notice once again it was DPA that was pointed to as the difference maker. Seal oil is one of the only places on earth, outside of a mother’s breast milk, where this critical building block fatty acid can be found in high concentrations.

Science has spoken and the answers are clear: SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil isn’t only a healthy, balanced Omega-3 supplement. It has the potential to promote a healthier cholesterol balance for those battling high levels.

SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil is natural, unique, pure and proudly Canadian and just may be your best Omega-3 supplement choice.  

For more information on SeaDNA Seal Oil quality, its benefits and the quota-based governed harvest we encourage you to join us at www. SeaDNA.ca

(Note: Individuals dealing with serious health issues should always consult their physician before starting any supplement regimen.)

Seal: Too Cute to Eat?

Terroir Symposium 2017

In celebration of our beloved Canada turning 150 years young, one of the premier culinary events of the season is set to honour the great products this country produces.

Terroir 2017 will take place on Monday, May 29th at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto with the theme: Our Home and Native Land: Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy.”

SeaDNA Canada is proud to announce that for the first time in the event’s history, seal products will have a central place in the proceedings.

 

 

Seal: Too Cute to Eat?

On Monday afternoon, a symposium entitled: “Seal: Too Cute to Eat?” will be led by executive chef and President of Edible Canada, Eric Pateman. Eric will be joined by fellow chef Todd Perrin (Chef/Owner of Mallard Cottage, St John’s) along with industry leaders Aaju Peter (Inuit Activist and Lawyer. Her story was featured in the award winning documentary “Angry Inuk”), David Serkoak (Ahiarmiut Relocation Spokesperson, Teacher, Drum Dancer & Hunter, Ottawa & Arviat, Nunavut) and Dion Dakins (CEO of Carino Processing, St John’s).

Representing local hunters and producers from the Far North to the East Coast, this discussion will highlight the health benefits of seal meat and focus on the evolution of the industry in Canada.

Seal Loin

Seal Loin Tataki: Prepared in a proper manner it has been compared to the dining experience of a fine beef filet mignon. Seal loin should be prepared the same way as tuna or game meat and should be served very rare, even in tataki or sashimi. Click here for our Seal Loin Tataki Recipe and for the Recipe Video!

 

Braised Seal Flipper

Braised Seal Flipper:  Impress your guests by serving seal meat at your next party! Excellent in stew, braised or confit this seal cut is perfect for pulled meat. Click here for our Braised Seal Flipper Recipe and for the Recipe Video!

Delicious and Healthy Protein

To ensure that consumers are treated to a product of the best possible quality, seal harvesting best practices have been heavily refined over the years and are now strictly followed. The result is a delicious, sustainable, and truly Canadian protein with unique characteristics.

Seal meat is low in fat, high in protein and is a remarkable source of iron. One 100g serving of seal loin will provide 250% of the daily recommended intake of iron, one of the most common deficiencies in humans today. The protein content is also strong, coming in at around 23%. Seal is also an excellent source of Magnesium, Zinc and vitamin B12. Click here to learn more.

It should also be pointed out that seal meat has been tested for mercury and other heavy metals, with levels coming in well below the acceptable industry limits. It is a sustainable, healthy and safe protein for all consumers.

SeaDNA Canada welcomes all to join us at Terroir 2017 for a true taste of Canada and a healthy and honest discussion on an industry that means so much to so many in Coastal and remote communities across Canada.

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The Straight Seal Facts

We at SeaDNA get all kinds of questions about the seal industry. It remains, even today, one of the most needlessly controversial food industries on earth.

The simple fact is: the seal hunt is no different than any other wild game harvest. The Canadian government sets an annual quota, monitors and regulates the hunt, and ensures that any part of the animal used for human consumption is tested and safe. No company can operate outside of these parameters.

SeaDNA takes pride in ensuring best practices throughout our production chain; from our local hunters making the catch, to our meat and oil facilities bringing finished products into your home.

The Canadian seal industry has evolved. And now the discussion surrounding it is as well as truth replaces propaganda and stigma.

-> Listed below are facts about the industry. <-

THE NUMBERS

  • The current estimated Harp Seal population in the Northwest Atlantic: 7.4 million and growing.
  • The current estimated Grey Seal population in the Northwest Atlantic: 505, 000 and growing.  
  • The Canadian seal herd is at its largest point in 30 years and is a SPECIES OF LEAST CONCERN by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  • Annual Canadian quota: Harp seals: 400,000 / Grey seal: 60,000.
  • Actual Canadian catch:  35,000 harp seals and 1,145 grey seal in 2015 / 66,800 harp seals and 1,612 grey seal in 2016.

Last year, less than 15% of the seal quota was harvested.

MONITORED AND ETHICAL HARVEST

  • The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) strictly monitors the annual harvest quota for Canadian seal herds.
  • DFO Enforcement tools include: aerial surveillance, satellite tracking of vessels, at-sea patrols and inspections, dock inspections.
  • It has been ILLEGAL for seal pups to be harvested in Canada since 1987. All seals harvested in Canada must be self reliant.
  • The responsible harvest of the growing seal herd is recognized as being important in maintaining eco-diversity. It’s estimated that each adult seal will eat 1.5 – 2.0 tonnes of fish and seafood in a single year.

It’s estimated that each adult seal will eat 1.5 – 2.0 tonnes of fish and seafood in a single year.

HEALTHY AND SAFE

  • All processing and refining facilities used by SeaDNA are certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Health Canada or The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ).
  • All lots of SeaDNA oil are tested by an external laboratory for purity.
  • Meat and oil is well below the most stringent industry requirements for heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic and the World Health Organization’s limits for PCBs, dioxins and furans.

Our products are approved and certified by :

We encourage any consumer who is looking for more information to join us at www.SeaDNA.ca.

SeaDNA Seal Oil: The Omega-3 choice for all mothers

Moms and Omega-3 Supplements

The greatest gift a mother can ever give is the gift of life. A healthy start to that life begins with proper nutrition. There is no questioning that what an expecting or breastfeeding mother puts in her body can impact the baby either positively or negatively.

Omega-3 diet supplementation has long been recommended by health professionals for mothers and SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil provides a new, natural alternative with unique benefits.

Scientific studies have proven that a mother taking Omega-3 supplements can see:

  1. a significant increase in DHA levels in breast milk
  2. completed Omega-3 deficiencies required for the proper development of the fetus
  3. a stimulated immune system
  4. reduced risk of postpartum depression
  5. positive impacts on pregnancy diabetes

Why is Seal Oil Different?

Natural

Many fish oils on the market contain artificially increased levels of DHA. Concentrated using ethanol, these chemically altered supplements provide high DHA levels but sacrifice purity to do so.  SeaDNA Seal Oil provides a natural and pure source of DHA and EPA along with DPA: a unique compound found in only a few places on earth including a mother’s breast milk.

Contains DPA

Scientific studies have shown that DPA can act as a catalyst for the body to both integrate and boost levels of DHA along with DPA and EPA.

Quickly dissolved by the body

Scientific studies have also proven that the mammalian molecular structure of seal oil is more easily accepted by the human body than the foreign fish oil molecular structure. This means no “fishy burps” and a supplement that is effective in its natural state.

The pure, unique and balanced Omega-3 chain of SeaDNA Seal Oil featuring DPA, DHA and EPA sets it apart from other Omega-3 supplements on the market.

Is SeaDNA Seal Oil For Me?

Omega-3 supplementation can play an important role in the development of the brain, eyes and nerves of the fetus during pregnancy and boost overall health of the child during the formative and critical first years of their life.

It can also help a mother in dealing with some of the most common mental side-effects of child birth such as depression and mood swings.

SeaDNA Seal Oil, in contrast to fish oil, also offers a healthy, natural cholesterol balance. Seal Oil is rich in “good cholesterol” and should not impact “bad cholesterol” levels.

For more information on why SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil is the right choice for the mother or expecting mother in your life, head to www.SeaDNA.ca and our special “Pregnancy” section.

References:

For more information on why SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil is the right choice for the mother or expecting mother in your life, head to www.SeaDNA.ca and our special “Pregnancy” section.

INCREASE LEVELS OF DHA

Juber BA, Jackson KH, Johnson KB, Harris WS, Baack ML., Breast milk DHA levels may increase after informing women: a community-based cohort study from South Dakota USA. Int Breastfeed J. 2017 Jan 28;12:7. doi: 10.1186/s13006-016-0099-0. eCollection 2016.

Maria Makrides1, trial, published by EDP Sciences 2015DOI: 10.1051/ocl/2015045Understanding the effects of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)supplementation during pregnancy on multiple outcomes from the DOMInO

DEPRESSION

Gould JF, Best K, Makrides M.,Perinatal nutrition interventions and post-partum depressive symptoms., J Affect Disord. 2016 Dec 18. pii: S0165-0327(16)31113-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.12.014.

Borja-Hart NL1Marino J. Role of omega-3 Fatty acids for prevention or treatment of perinatal depression. Pharmacotherapy. 2010 Feb;30(2):210-6. doi: 10.1592/phco.30.2.210.

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Dunstan JA, Mori TA, Barden A, Beilin LJ, Taylor AL, Holt PG, Prescott SL. 2003. Fish oil supplementation in pregnancy modifies neonatal allergen-specific immune responses and clinical outcomes in infants at high risk of atopy: a randomized, controlled trial. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 112(6):1178-1184.

Dunstan JA, Roper J, Mitoulas L, Hartmann PE, Simmer K, Prescott SL. 2004. The effect of supplementation with fish oil during pregnancy on breast milk immunoglobulin A, soluble CD14, cytokine levels, and fatty acid composition. Clinical and Experimental Allergy 34(8):1237-1242.

Hans Bisgaard et al. Fish OilDerived Fatty Acids in Pregnancy and Wheeze and Asthma in Offspring. N Engl J Med 2016; 375:2530-2539 December 29, 2016 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1503734

DEVELOPMENT OF THE FETUS

Giedd JN, Blumenthal J, Jeffries NO, Castellanos FX, Liu H, Zijdenbos A, Paus T, Evans AC, Rapoport JL. 1999. Brain development during childhood and adolescence: a longitudinal MRI study. Nature Neuroscience 2(10):861-863.

Haag M. 2003. Essential fatty acids and the brain. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 48(3):195-203.

Hanebutt F, Demmelmair H, Schiessl B, et al. Long-chain poluunsaturated fatty acid (LC-PUFA) transfer across the placenta. Clin Nutr 2008 Oct; 27 (5): 685-93.

Helland IC, Smith L, Saarem K, et al. Maternal supplementation with very long-chain n-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and lactation augments children’s IQ at 4 years of age. Pediatrics 2003; 111:39-44.

Marszalek JR, Lodish HF. 2005. Docosahexaenoic acid, fatty acid-interacting protein, and neuronal function: breastmilk and fish are good for you. Annual Review of Cellular and Developmental Biology 21:633-657.

Mills MD. 1999. The eye in childhood. American Family Physician 60:907-918.

Olsen SF, Secher NJ. 2002. Low consumption of seafood in early pregnancy as a risk factor for preterm delivery: prospective cohort study. British Medical Journal 324(7335):447-450.

Paus T, Zijdenbos A, Worsley K, Collins DL, Blumenthal J, Giedd JN, Rapoport JL, Evans AC. 1999. Structural maturation of neural pathways in children and adolescents: in vivo study. Science 283(5409):1908-1911.

CHOLESTEROL

Mann NJ, et al. Effects of seal oil and tuna-fish oil on platelet parameters and plasma lipid levels in healthy subjects, 2010.