Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Omega What?

I am sure we have all heard about Omega 3 Fatty Acids.  I wanted to know a little bit more: What are they, Why are they good for you, and What foods contain them?  I did a little research and this is what I found:

Omega 3's are fatty acids necessary for good health but our bodies cannot produce them.  We have to get them from food or supplements.

Omega 3's are good for our bodies for many reasons:
  • Help to reduce inflammation in the body
  • May help lower risk of chronic diseases such as cancer
  • Have a crucial role in brain function
  • May reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease
  • Lower the amount of cholesterol  in the blood
  • Help prevent cancer cell growth

Fish, plant, and nut oils are the primary source of omega-3 fatty acids.  Here is a list of a few foods which contain Omega 3's:
Salmon
Halibut
Herring
Sardines
Tuna
Walnuts
Flaxseeds
Flaxseed oil
Soybeans
Tofu
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