Omega 3s – Healthy Tidbit

The food you consume directly affects your physical appearance, energy levels, bodily processes, and how well your brain functions.  Omega-3s can help optimize the health of both your body and mind.

There are 3 forms of Omega 3 fatty acids. One is in the form of (ALA) Alpha-linolenic acid found in plant oils such as flaxseed, canola, and soybean. Since your body cannot make ALA you must get it from food or fish oil supplements. Two additional forms of Omega 3s are (EPA) eicosapentaenoic acid and (DHA) docosahexaenoic acid found in fish, nuts, seeds, and other seafood. Some foods, like eggs, are commonly fortified with Omega 3s as well. Eating foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids offer a good deal of health benefits and are beneficial to your lungs, immune system, blood vessels, and more.
 
 
The Omega-3 fatty acid DHA is the important polyunsaturated fat found in the brain. DHA is found at very high levels in your brain and eyes.   Dr. Dudley Goulden recommends that you get at least two servings of cold-water fatty fish per week such as salmon, herring, or mackerel to maintain healthy levels of omega 3s. 

Omega3s are not a miracle nutrient that will completely prevent heart problems. However, diets high in fatty fish may help keep the heart-healthy.  Some studies have shown that consuming omega 3s reduces the risk of heart attacks, Alzheimer’s disease, and age-related macular degeneration. Quality Omega 3 supplements can offer similar benefits, however, consuming real foods high in omega 3s is the recommended source.  Fatty fish is an especially great food source and are naturally low carb and Ketogenic diet-friendly.  

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