Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Beyond regular functioning, consuming more than the minimum amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids can result in a range of health benefits. These include:
- Improved blood fat profiles (triglycerides) and reduced risk for heart disease
- Alleviation of rheumatoid arthritis pain.
- Boosts the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs.
- May reduce your risk of depression.
- Boosts your baby’s brain and eye development when the mother has a high Omega-3 consumption.
Surprising Sources of Omega-3
Here are some sources of Omega-3 fatty acids you might have never thought to incorporate into your diet:
- Algae and algal oil: even though algae a sea plant, it contains DHA and EPA like seafood. This is a great option for vegetarians and vegans. Make sure to read the label and choose options with greater EPA contents.
- Eggs: we talk about eggs a source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, but they are also an important source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Some hens are fed so that their eggs are especially high in Omega-3s, and these brands will be sure to tell you so.
- Flax seeds: ground flaxseeds are great for your morning smoothie or in your salad. Not only are they an important source of Omega-3s, they are also high in fiber.
- Walnuts: almonds are usually the nut touted for its high Omega-3 content, but walnuts are generally higher in these all-star fats.
- Beans: beans are a great source of vegetable protein and are also packed with minerals important for our health. Tofu is the type of bean that is highest in Omega-3s.
- Squash and pumpkin: and just in time for the holidays! Pumpkin flesh has an important Omega-3 content, and it is delicious mashed or in soups. For an Omega-3 bonus, toast up pumpkin or squash seeds and eat them as well!