No other nutrient has been studied more than omega-3 oils, which come from fish, chia, flax, hemp, and algae. These oils have the ability to radically change your life.
Omega-3s are essential parts of the diet because our bodies cannot produce their own. But there is an epidemic of omega-3 deficiency in our country because the standard American diet is rich in inflammatory oils such as canola oil, hydrogenated oils, and margarine — which is the fat used to make processed foods.
Balance is key to omega-3s. Most diets contain too many omega-6 oils and too few omega 3s.
Fish oil, which is extracted from many types of fish and then distilled to get a pure oil, is the most famous omega-3 on the planet.
The fatty acids in fish are called EPA and DHA, and are actually the main components that make up the fatty parts of our brain, skin, hair, and eyes. They are key for transporting nutrients into the cells of the body and have a direct effect on brain, mood, and memory.
Once your omega-3 levels increase by taking a high-quality fish oil supplement you will experience:
• Weight loss
• Increased energy
• Decrease dry eye
• Improved memory
• Improved immunity
• Improved cholesterol
Foods Rch in Omega-3
Fish. This is the most common way to consume omega-3s. I recommend always getting fresh, wild-caught fish because they are lower in toxins from the ocean and produce a cleaner oil.
Chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flax seeds. These are a plant-based form of omega-3, and have a much lower in the concentration. But you can increase your absorption of the oils by eating them with a saturated fat like coconut oil or grass-fed butter.
Algae. In the oceans, fish get their omega-3 from algae. There are high quality supplements that are made from algae for vegans and vegetarians who want to consume long-chain omega-3s but don’t consume fish.
You can also consume blue green algae, spirluna, and chlorella which contain a lot of omega 3’s.
No matter how you choose to take them, omega-3s are an essential part of our diet.
Posts by Robyn Abramczyk, D.D.S.
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