Staying healthy is always on the top of everyone’s mind. Health and nutrition is a way of keeping our bodies and minds staying strong. A healthy, well-balanced diet can do wonders on our longevity and over all wellbeing. Dietary trends may change, but one thing that seems to stay constant is the fact the Omega-3s are great for your health, in more ways than one.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids may sound like they may not be good for you, but they are one of the best forms of “fats” that you can consume. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats that our body does not produce on its own, therefore, we need to make sure we add them into our diets to consume.
Omega-3s are actually broken down into 3 types; Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). ALA is found in vegetable oils, nuts (especially walnuts), flaxseed, leafy vegetables, and in grass-fed animals. EPA and DHA are best found in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerels, and sardines.
Since our bodies are unable to produce these fatty acids on their own, it is important to consume foods that are high in Omega-3s or to take supplements when needed. There are plenty of health benefits when you regularly add Omega-3s into your diet. Some of these top reasons are:
With so many health benefits to Omega-3s, most people could benefit from making sure that they are getting enough in their diets. Talk to your doctor or nutritionist. They can help you determine how much you should be consuming and give you a list of other food sources as well.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.