Fresh Tuna and nutrition

Our Tuna are 100% natural, untreated fresh from the ocean

The Yellowfin Tuna is rich in Omega-3 fatty acid which includes DHA & EPA, Vit B complexes, Thiamin, Niacin, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorous among others.

They are undoubtedly the choice for a wholesome diet.

Promotes Brain well-being

As one ages, decline in brain function is unavoidable. However, several studies have suggested that higher omega-3 intake led to a reduction in age-related mental decline and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Depression and anxiety are common mental disorders in the world and symptoms include sadness, lethargy and constant worry respectively.

Interestingly, studies indicate that people who consume omega-3s regularly are less likely to be depressed. Furthermore, when people suffering from these medical conditions start taking omega-3 supplements, their symptoms improve.

One study found that EPA (a type of omega-3 oil) is as effective against depression as a common antidepressant drug.

Apart from Omega-3, Selenium is rich in the Yellowfin Tuna. This element is essential to the functioning of enzymes in our brains that help to combat free radicals that will destroy our brain cells. Without Selenium, slowdown in the brain will occur causing degeneration. Furthermore, Selenium neutralise the harmful effect of Mercury, thus protecting the brain function.

Sustains Cardio Vascular health

It was observed that fish-eating communities had very low rates of heart related diseases. It was later linked to omega-3 consumption besides other minerals. 

Triglycerides: Omega-3s can cause a major reduction in triglycerides, usually in the range of 15–30%.

Blood pressure: Omega-3s combined with potassium can reduce blood pressure levels in people suffering from hypertension.

“Good” HDL cholesterol: Omega-3s can raise High Density Lipo-protein cholesterol levels .

Blood clots: Omega-3s together with B vitamin complex and folic acids can keep blood platelets from clumping together so as to prevent clots in the blood vessels.

Plaque: Omega-3s can help prevent the plaque build up within the artery so as to prevent constriction and hardening of the blood vessels.

Inflammation: Omega-3s reduce the production of some substances released during your body’s inflammatory responseIt

Enhances immune system

In autoimmune diseases, the immune system mistakes healthy cells for foreign cells and starts attacking them.  Type 1 diabetes is one prime example where the insulin-producing cells are destroyed.

Omega-3s can combat some of these diseases and may be especially important during early life.

Omega-3s also help treat lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis

As the meat of tuna is also rich in manganese, zinc, vitamin C, and selenium – these antioxidants are known to fight the free radicals produced as by-products of metabolism on the cellular level. Free radicals if unchecked, can damage cell wall causing various diseases. 








Improves Skin Beauty

Omega3 (DHA) is present as a structural component in cell membranes and plays an important role in maintaining soft, moist, supple and wrinkle-free skin.

Omega3 (EPA) also benefits the skin in other ways:

  • Control oil production and hydration of the epidermis.
  • Preventing hardening of hair follicles, which appears as the little red bumps often seen on upper arms.
  • Keeping the skin supple.
  • Reducing acne.

Omega-3s (EPA) can also protect the skin from sun damage by blocking the release of substances that dissolves the collagen in the skin after sun exposure. 

Strengthen bones

Osteoporosis and arthritis are common disorders that affect the skeletal system.

Studies indicate that omega-3s and Vit D can improve the strength of bones by increasing the adsorption of calcium in your bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Omega-3s may also treat arthritis. Patients taking omega-3 supplements have reported reduced joint pain and increased grip strength.





Improves Metabolism and Builds muscle

The Vit B complex and Omega 3 in tunas are key component in metabolism and making energy available for normal human functions. 

The Yellowfin Tuna meat is packed with protein and is among the protein-richest meats, making it the perfect companion in muscle development and fat loss. Muscles grow from proteins, recover faster, and improve the metabolism rate of the body.






Should we be afraid of Mercury in Tuna?

We need to first understand the actions of Mercury in our body. Mercury has high affinity for Selenium which is needed for enzymes in our brains. Hence, without proper function of Selenium-dependent enzymes, our neuro-function will be impaired as the brain can no longer be protected against oxidative damage by free radicals. However, Tunas have a high concentration of Selenium which is more than sufficient to neutralise the mercury that is present in the meat. It is a rich source of brain food! 

The concentration of Selenium in Yellowfin Tuna is relatively higher than Mercury which negates the harmful effect.
Watch the videos below on the scientific explanations.

Why are some Tuna so cheap?

Tuna comes from different regions and is suited for different segments of the consumers. Often we see a similar block of frozen akami for a fraction of the cost compared to the premium quality. Most of the time, it is the difference in the way the Tuna is caught and treated post harvest. 

At Reelly Fresh, we pay fair price to the fishermen who brings in the decent catch each day. Our Tunas are responsibly caught in the wild and NOT treated with any chemicals to preserve the appearance. It is also freeze blasted and treated at ultra-low temperature to ensure freshness and food safety.   

Is your catch environmentally friendly?

To catch tunas, live small fishes are used as baits. Often these attract dolphins to feed on them too. Using net is a convenient but irresponsible way to catch all the tunas regardless of the cost. Hence, the by-catch often include dolphins / sharks which would not escape the nets. Our fishermen uses pole and line method which only catches the Tuna. While it is not efficient, but is the responsible way to fish. Furthermore, we do not catch more than we need for the day, hence contributing to environmental sustainability.

Watch an example of how sustainable fishing is done.
Akami treated with Carbon Monoxide - bright reddish pink
Reelly Fresh akami, 100% natural, darker red

Why some Tunas are bright reddish pink?

Often we see that tunas are ‘smoked’. What this mean is that they are treated with Carbon Monoxide. This gas combines with the myoglobin in the flesh to produce a bright reddish pink appearance. Regardless of the quality of the flesh, the appearance will persist. Hence, one would not be able to tell if the flesh has deteriorated. 

Our tunas are 100% natural. Hence, it is not treated after it has been caught. It is vacuumed packed for freshness. Should the tuna begin to deteriorate in quality, it will show blotches of decolouration. So, we believe that consumers has the right to purchase good quality tuna and the best way is to chose untreated products. 

how do you maintain freshness for up to 2 years?

To minimise spoilage and degradation in quality, we maintain the cold chain all the way from the fishermen till you bring the tuna home. Some suppliers claim that they have flash frozen the tuna but do not reveal the temperature treatment. Hence, their quality process cannot be verified. 

Our process are according to FAO guidelines. Apart from freeze blasting to quickly bring down the core temperature, the tunas are also treated to -60 deg Celsius. At that temperature, one can be assured that the freshness can be of sashimi grade, besides keeping for a prolonged period if kept under -18 deg Cesius.

Preparation in cold room prior to freeze blasting
Ultra-low treatment to as low as -60 deg Celsius