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Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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Omega-3 fatty acids help us produce special chemicals which help the body resist illness by reducing inflammation. Getting your daily dose of omega-3’s helps support the healthy functioning of your immune, reproductive, nervous systems and heart and goes a long way to preventing diseases of lifestyle and even boosting your memory, concentration and intelligence. They also act as medicinal foods, helping to fight heart disease, arthritis and brain disorders.

Where do you find them? Best sources of omega 3 fatty acids are fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, pilchards and sardines. Vegetable sources of omega 3’s include walnuts, flaxseed oil, pumpkin seeds and hemp oil. Dark green vegetables like seaweed, broccoli, spinach and kale are a reasonable source of omega-3 essential fatty acids if eaten in large amounts.

What to do? Eat 3-5 servings of fatty fish per week, 2-3 of which should be fatty fish and add a heaped tablespoon of a mixture of flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds to your breakfast. Omega-3 supplements are also helpful either as a diet substitute or as an adjunct to dietary omega-3 intake.

 

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