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The nutrition and health benefits of
Native Hebridean Salmon

A report by esteemed dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton has found that The Scottish Salmon Company’s(SSC) Native Hebridean Salmon provides numerous health benefits and can play an important part in a balanced diet.


The new nutritional analysis shows that a 100g portion of Native Hebridean Salmon contains 11.6 μg vitamin D, which is more than the daily recommended 10 μg adult dose. Vitimin D is essential for normal bone and muscle health, and supporting immune function, however around a fifth of people in the UK are low in vitamin D and intakes are also low in other countries across the world.


The key findings of the report include:

  • Native Hebridean Salmon contains nearly two and a half times more vitamin D than regular farmed salmon

  • Its Vitamin D levels are more than ten times higher than in other protein-rich meal options, such as white fish, meat, poultry

  • It contains more of the beneficial long-chain omega-3 fatty acids than white fish, poultry or meat

  • The omega-3 fats (DHA + EPA) found in Native Hebridean Salmon are proven to support normal heart health and vision

  • Native Hebridean Salmon is a good source of potassium (blood pressure regulation), containing more than other high protein meal options

  • Selenium and vitamin D – both found in Native Hebridean Salmon – support normal immune function



Network Health Digest report can be viewed here;



Native Hebridean is a unique native strain of Scottish Salmon, descending from wild stock from North Uist, Scotland, and farmed exclusively by SSC in the waters surrounding the Hebrides. The Native Hebridean Salmon broodstock programme has been in development for more than a decade, providing employment and opportunities for rural communities in Scotland.


Dr Carrie Ruxton (PhD) is a registered dietitian and health writer. She is an expert in nutrition science and diet. Research was undertaken in 2020.