There’s a lot of buzz going around right now about fish oil, which contains a high volume of Omega 3 fatty acids.  Today we’ll discuss what Omega 3’s are, why they’re so hot right now, and what foods (besides fish) contain them.

Omega 3’s are a particular kind of unsaturated fat.  Remember unsaturated fats are the ones that usually come from plants, and for heart health we want to eat more of these than saturated animal fats.

A number of research studies have shown that a diet rich in Omega 3’s can lower several risk factors for heart disease.  Overall they seem to be good at reducing inflammation, which is the root of many diseases.  Inflammatory conditions include asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and oodles more.

Food sources of Omega 3’s include:
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu
  • Tuna
  • Walnuts

Our bodies can metabolize the type of Omega 3’s found in fish into something useful quite easily.  The Omega 3’s in plant sources are a little bit more challenging to fully metabolize into functional products.  Both are good to eat, fish will just deliver a more potent dose of Omega 3’s with a smaller amount of food!

If you’re interested in taking a fish oil supplement, you should talk it over with your friendly local Nutritionist or Dietitian so they can recommend what’s best for you.

If you thought “What the heck is a chia seed?” Yes it is the same thing as what you put on chia pets, yes you can eat it, and we’ll talk about how you can do that another time!

7/15/2013 04:42:24 pm

Now, one of the most interesting things I have heard is that Omega 3's can be beneficial for fibromyalgia, which in itself is a fairly complex and mysterious illness. It is not something that many people often write about, but I feel like it is worth mentioning.

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