Fri 21 Jun

Health Benefits of Mackerels

The Mackerel family (also known as Scombridae) is a nutritional powerhouse to say the least. This incredibly successful family of fish includes over 30 species, from the hard-fighting Spotted, Grey and Spanish Mackerels, to the iridescent Blue. 

Mackerels are generally located offshore or along the coast. Being both super fun to catch, as well as one of the most nutritious species available in Australia (especially valued for their omega-3 rich flesh), they’re highly sought after in both commercial and recreational fishing.  

Today, we’re exploring the many reasons why Mackerels should be on your plate this winter.  



Mackerels are packed with an impressive amount of goodness: including vitamins B12, D, B6, and A.  

Vitamin B12 is a particularly important nutrient for both our immune and nervous systems, meaning it’ll help you fight off cold season. 

Plus, winter unfortunately means less time in the sun (brr!), which may leave you with a deficiency of vitamin D. Luckily, oily fish species like Mackerel are full of vitamin D (as they’re fattier, and vitamin D is fat-soluble)... bonus! 


Heart Health 

Mackerels can also improve heart health by lowering cholesterol levels, due to their high omega-3 fatty acid content – with Blue Mackerel having one of the highest amounts of any Aussie fish. These types of fats reduce triglyceride levels and slow the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, both of which thicken artery walls. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential, but cannot be produced by the body, so they must be derived from the foods we eat. Mackerel anyone? 



Mackerel (like all seafood species) are bursting with protein, which is crucial to the functioning of every system in the body. From being critical in maintaining healthy muscles, organs and blood vessels, to helping to support cell division, hair growth, and even hormone signaling, protein is key to almost every function in the body. 


Enhanced Immunity 

Just like their other fishy relatives, members of the Scombridae family are full of nutrients that can help improve overall immunity and well-being. They’re swimmingly rich in selenium, vitamin D and protein, all of which play a crucial role in helping you stay healthy during winter.  

Brain Power 

We’re reeling in the benefits of those fatty acids again! About 20% of your brain's weight is made up of polyunsaturated fatty acids (like omega-3), meaning that Mackerel species are a great way to keep your brain functioning well. Many studies have found promising links between seafood consumption, mental health, and overall brain function.