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The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

One of the most talked about subjects in nutritional science of late has to do with EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids).  These are fatty acids that are not made in the human body but that are essential for every cell to function properly. 

One of the most important of these EFAs is Omega-3, which is needed to produce healthy cell membranes throughout the body.  If we don’t consume enough Omega-3, cells become less flexible and less permeable, hindering the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and expel waste.  This can lead to many health issues including heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Unfortunately, the typical American diet tends to be very low in Omega-3.  Even if you eat an all organic diet of fruits, vegetables, and grains, you still may not be getting enough Omega-3, and you may be getting too much of another EFA, Omega-6.  While Omega-6 has its own benefits, research has shown that unless it is balanced at a 1:1 ratio with Omega 3, the result can be inflammation in the body.

One way you can increase the Omega-3s in your diet is to consume more of the foods that are rich in Omega-3, like cold-water fish such as anchovies, bluefish, herring, mackerel, salmon (wild has more omega-3s than farmed), sardines, sturgeon, lake trout, and tuna. Or you can take purified fish oil supplements.  Nordic Naturals carries a wide range of these supplements and even carries an algae-based Omega-3 for vegetarians.

The next time you are in the store, stop back in the Wellness Department and ask us about the many benefits of Omega-3 and how you can incorporate it into your diet.

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