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Does Fish Oil Contain Iron?

author image Melodie Anne
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.
Does Fish Oil Contain Iron?
Your daily fish oil supplements don't give you any iron. Photo Credit: Spectral-Design/iStock/Getty Images

Iron transports oxygen around your bloodstream, giving your cells plenty of oxygen to function. While some varieties of whole fish will indeed provide a small amount of iron, no matter which type of fish oil you consume -- cod liver, sardine and salmon, among others -- you won’t be adding any iron to your diet. During processing, the fats are separated from the fish, leaving behind certain nutrients. You’ll get a hearty dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from fish oil and sometimes vitamins A and D, but not any minerals.

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If you’re trying to up your iron intake and you enjoy fish, you’re better off eating the entire fillet, rather than just a spoonful of oil. Eating a 3-ounce serving of broiled sockeye salmon provides you with 0.4 milligrams of iron. Cooked yellowfin tuna has double that amount with about 0.8 milligrams in a 3-ounce cut. Three ounces of baked halibut provides 0.2 milligrams, while the same amount of light tuna canned in water has upwards of 1.3 milligrams of iron.

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