Omega-3 Fatty Acids And Your Health
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and your health are talked about a lot, but it seems more to sell you a dietary supplement than to point you in the right direction so that you get the natural Omega-3 Fatty Acids from food. Supplements can help but your first choice should always be the Whole Foods that contain them. I try to get my vitamins and minerals from Whole Foods that are GMO free first before turning to supplements. However, as the wild caught fish supply is more and more contaminated with mercury, I have started supplementing my diet with Krill Omega 3 supplements. More about that later in the article.
The Harvard School of Public Health says omega 3 fatty acids help to prevent heart disease, contribute to brain health, assist with blood clot formation and can prevent stroke. All of these issues become important to us as we become aware of how we can help control our health as we age.
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that are not produced naturally by the body, but, can only be obtained from food. However, they are a very important part of our makeup and therefore we need to be aware of the Whole Foods that provide them for us.
Foods Rich In Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
- All wild caught cold-water fish, with salmon having the most, along with albacore tuna, mackerel,
sardines and herring (However, most tuna is contaminated with high levels of mercury so I suggest this fish be removed from your list unless you can establish that it is a smaller tuna. I have replaced it altogether with wild caught Alaskan Salmon.
- Chia seeds
- Flaxseed Oil
- Flaxseeds, fresh fround
- Pasture Raised Chicken Eggs
Chia seeds and flaxseeds can be added to your morning smoothies, if of course you enjoy smoothies as a breakfast. I actually make vegetable smoothies more as a brunch choice when I have a one because I follow a modified fast and try not to eat before about 11 a.m. This is a good way of assuring myself I am getting my Omega-3 fatty acids as well as a host of other vitamins and minerals.
We also enjoy Pasture raised Chicken Eggs so they make it to the Chefs Kitchen table at least five days a week. We usually serve them with uncured bacon. That is bacon that is free from preservatives with No Nitrates or Nitrites added. And yes, you can find this bacon in most of the larger grocery stores. If not, ask them Why not.
Edamame or young soybeans are very healthy if they are not GMO and have been grown pesticide free. They are also a good source of vitamins C and B-6 as well as magnesium, iron and calcium as well as the Omega-3 fatty acids our bodies need.It is becoming harder to find GMO free, pesticide free soybeans so I have elemitted them from the foods we eat, however, based on where you live in the world, you might be able to find organic soybeans, in which case, enjoy.
There are any number of ways to add walnuts to your menu from including them on your salads to some of the sauces we use in our daily cooking. They also make a nice snack in mid-afternoon. They bring vitamins A, C, B-6, and the important B-12 to the Chefs Kitchen Table along with minerals that our body needs.
Treat yourself to some of these great Whole foods and you will be doing your body a favor. When you are good to your body it will be good to you…..
There are of course many other foods that are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and it is very important that you remain aware of this as you plan your meals. Foods like cabbages, winter squash and to some extent leafy greens will all help you feed your body the omega 3 fatty acids it needs, so try to add them to your menu.
Now as to why I have started supplementing my diet with Krill Omega 3 supplements boils down to the fact that krill are so tiny they have not had a chance to become contaminated with high levels of mercury the way larger fish have. I would not use a product that claims that their omega 3 capsules are made with the finest fish oil. Even if it states “Salmon oil” I would steer clear of it unless it was Alaskan salmon, I sure do not want anything to do with farm raised fish. To learn more about Krill oil supplement, click on the picture below,
Omega 3’s are right up there with vitamin D in important food supplements your body needs. The krill comes from the sea, the D from the sun. Mother nature has much to offer if we look for it.
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