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What are Omega-3 fatty acids?

The human body can make most of the types of fats it needs, but this isn’t the case for omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential fats, the “good” types of fat, which we should try including more frequently in our diet. Two important omega-3s, DHA and EPA, are found mainly in oily fish. There are also plenty of other foods rich in another form of omega-3 called ALA, which turns into DHA and EPA in your body.

Getting a handle on the benefits

Omega 3

There are many advantages of including omega-3s in your diet. Firstly, they support the health of your heart in a big way. They also help keep your heartbeat regular, your blood pressure normal and lower elevated triglyceride levels, which is a blood fat linked to heart disease. Their healing powers don’t stop there, other body parts will benefit as well. Omega-3 has been shown to reduce inflammation throughout the body, as well as curb joint pain and stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Catch of the Day

There must be something in the water as fish provide us with the best source of omega-3. The Heart Foundation suggests eating at least two servings of oily fish a week. Fatty fish, such as salmon, herring and tuna (yes, even from a can) contain the most omega-3 and therefore the most benefits. Don’t like fish? You can always take supplements such as Good Health Super Omega-3, Good Health Omega-3 fish oil and Good Health Red Super Krill. 

Eating for Omega

Omega 3

The best and healthiest way to increase your omega-3 intake is to eat seafood. But there are other foods that make optimising your intake of these helpful fatty acids relatively simple.

Avocado - There’s a reason Avocado is a superfood. Delicious, good for your heart and helps your body better absorb nutrients. 

Nuts - In addition to walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, and hazelnuts have omega-3s in the form of ALA.

Vegetables – Try to aim for 2-3 cups of veggies every day. Dark green veggies like spinach, kale and brussel sprouts offer some omega-3s, but only a fraction compared of fish.

Ground Flaxseed – Flaxseeds have high amounts of ALA omega-3s. Try sprinkling them on your salad, cereal, or use it in your baking. Good Health Flaxomega capsules and flaxseed oil are also excellent sources of omega-3.

Beans – Adding beans to your diet can be good for you mentally and physically. Beans are packed with omega-3s that may help improve your mood. 

When it comes to fats, omega-3s are called good fats for a reason. Not only does your body need these fatty acids to perform at its best, the major benefits they offer your overall health and wellbeing could mean a world of difference for you and your family. Why not have a look at your omega-3 intake and see if you have an opportunity to add more in your diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle balance.

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