super fish Super Anchovy


Basic information

Prized since pre-Hispanic times for its high nutritional content, the Peruvian anchovy yields greater catches than any other fish species in the world and is the Peruvian fishing industry’s main export. This little fish is virtually ubiquitous in Peruvian waters and is a key link in the food chain of the Humboldt ecosystem (a highly productive marine system). Hundreds of different fish, bird and mammal species rely on it for food.

Seasonal availability

All year round.

Human health benefits

The protein-rich Super Peruvian Anchovy is of great biological value because it provides proteins similar to those found in meat; contains no carbohydrates (starches and sugars); is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and B vitamins; and is a source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium and minerals like iron and zinc, nutrients that help prevent anemia and contribute to children’s growth and development. It also contains omega-3 and omega-6, essential fatty acids not produced by our body but crucial for brain function, improving eyesight, maintaining healthy skin, and preventing mental illnesses (Alzheimer’s and depression) and heart diseases associated with high cholesterol.


This fish, which the scientific community calls Engraulis ringens, plays a pivotal role in Peruvian sea life because it only feeds on plants, larvae of other fish and microscopic organisms like plankton. However, it provides sustenance for hundreds of marine animals, birds, mammals and humans.

It is an ideal part of an expectant mother’s diet because it helps babies develop better and keeps women’s strength up during the pregnancy. It is also a source of antioxidants, such as vitamin E and retinol (vitamin A), which help slow the oxidation of other molecules, leading to healthier and more youthful skin. This product of Peru's ocean helps form strong teeth and bones and contributes to good reproductive health.

Its high protein content also allows muscles to regenerate more quickly, strengthening tendons and ligaments. It is also rich in lysine, an indispensable amino acid for growing children, as well as vitamin D, which prevents rickets.

This superfood’s abundance of omega-3 cleans the body’s arteries, dissolving and removing cholesterol and triglyceride. The fatty acid is also good for nerve connections in the brain.

No less important is its role in protecting the cardiovascular system, making blood clot correctly and stimulating the reproduction of red blood cells. This lessens the risk of stroke and heart attack. Finally, it strengthens the immune system, resulting in a body better equipped to fight off contagious diseases.

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Geographical distribution