Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fats that we must consume in our diet as our bodies cannot make them. They are important for cardiovascular and brain health, are anti-inflammatory, and they help protect against auto-immune diseases.
There are 3 different types of omega 3 fats. The most abundant omega 3 fat in our food supply comes from short chain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). There are many dietary sources of ALA but the best are flax seeds (preferably ground), chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, dark leafy green veggies, and some root vegetables.
Studies show that our bodies can convert a small amount of ALA into the longer chain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA). The conversion rate is higher for women than men and is best when we keep consumption of omega 6 fats (from oils) to a minimum. The best source of DHA and EPA comes from the ocean. Many people believe that it's necessary to consume fish or fish oil supplements for these omega 3s, however that's quite simply NOT true and in fact, farmed fish are very bad sources of omega 3 fats.
Just like consuming meat is a second hand source of protein that comes with the added baggage of cholesterol, saturated fat, heme iron, and carcinogens, consuming fish or fish oil to obtain DHA/EPA comes with the added baggage of cholesterol, saturated fat, and industrial pollutants like methylmercury, dioxin, and BPA.
Get your DHA/EPA from sea vegetables - seaweed and micro-algae. Micro-algae supplements are a fantastic cruelty free source of EPA/DHA which can be sustainably grown, without the ecological devastation that comes with commercial fishing. I take Nordic Naturals micro-algae supplements 2-3 times per week and I incorporate flax/chia/hemp seeds into oatmeal and smoothies.
This video is from Erin Janus’ YouTube channel.
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