8 Foods That Contain Omega-3’s That AREN’T Fishy
What is Omega 3?
Omega-3s belong to a broader group of fats that are called polyunsaturated fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered to be essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health, but the body can’t make them.Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development.
There are different types of these fats. The simplest of these is called alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. ALA is especially important in our diet because our bodies cannot manufacture it. We can therefore only have sufficient levels if we consume it. Omega-3s are found in many foods, mainly fish, so there is a an abundance of them available for dietary purposes.
What are the benefits of Omega 3-s?
There has been significant research into the health benefits of Omega 3’s. Studies have shown the following to be among the benefits:
Help prevent coronary heart disease
Help prevent Alzheimer’s
Help prevent depression
Reduces blood clotting
Improved brain functioning
may help lower the risk of arthritis.
Omega 3 fatty acids are most abundantly found in fish. But not everybody likes fish, so what do you do if you are not a fish fiend? Listed below are the top 8 alternative sources of Omega 3, that aren’t Fishy!
1. Grass-Fed Beef
A great source of healthy fats including the all important Omega 3. Grass feeding is still the best and safest form of feeding for cattle and has numerous other health benefits.
Filled with fibre, protein and Omega 3’s, this soybean based product is not only nutritious but also tasty.
3. Flaxseed Oil
Although flax seed has Omega 3’s in it, you need the oil to get the right concentration. Flax seed by itself will not provide sufficient amounts of the Omega 3, but it does give you a healthy dose of fibre.
4. Enriched Eggs
Look for your eggs where the chickens have been fed flaxseed or fish oil. Most egg boxes advertise their eggs as having higher than normal levels of Omega 3’s.
Most oily nuts have Omega 3’s. Research shoes that walnuts have the highest Omega 3 content.
Doesn’t matter what bean, soy, kidney, baked all have a healthy dose of ALA that converts to Omega 3, plus the bonus of high protein and Fibre!
7. Winter Squash
Whether its butternut or both contain healthy dose of Omega 3’s as ALA
Chia seeds, mega healthy, full of fibre and plenty of healthy fats like Omega 3’s
Note: The body partly converts ALA to DHA and EPA. The current research is not 100% clear as to the extent of the conversion and health benefits. As more research and information is development, Nursing Matters will update its readers.
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