So the experts say omega-3 fatty acids are really good for you, but what the heck are they, you ask? Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids. That means we need them to help our bodies to function properly but our bodies don't make them. Therefore, we need to get them from our diet.
If you're a fish lover, you're in luck because they're found mostly in fatty fish. Most freshwater fish have less omega-3 fatty acids than saltwater fish, but some freshwater fish, like trout, have relatively high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
If you don't like or eat fish, you're still in luck (although the omega-3s found in fish have greater benefits for you), as there are other options for finding omega-3s.
The three types of omega-3s and their sources include the following:
While it's best to get your omega-3s from food, you can also get them from supplements, but you shouldn't rely solely on supplements. The American Heart Association recommends that people without documented coronary heart disease eat two servings of oily fish per week. About one ounce of walnuts provides enough omega-3s to meet the daily recommended intake for men and women, according to the National Academy of Sciences.
Studies show that omega-3s may help protect you from cardiovascular disease in some of the following ways:
As if you need more, there are other potential health benefits to omega-3s including reducing the risk of stroke, improving immune function and reducing pain and inflammation in arthritis sufferers.
Some people may be concerned about the mercury in fish. For more information on the mercury content in fish, visit the US Department of Agriculture.
Sources include the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic.
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