8 Health Benefits of Sardines

Medically Reviewed by Madeline Hubbard, RN, BSN

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Although sardines are not commonly consumed in the United States, they are a nutrient-dense food packed with antioxidants — not to mention, they have many other health benefits, too. Part of the herring family, sardines, sometimes called pilchards, are also an abundant, sustainable fish. The only downside? They are highly perishable, which is why you’re likely to find only canned sardines in the grocery store. 

Nonetheless, adding these fish to a balanced diet can benefit multiple body systems. How so? We've outlined eight great ways — and provided a little information on how to incorporate these beneficial fish into your diet.