As I sit in Canada at the table studying the molecular composition of fat, I come across a section that knocks my socks off. The structure and benefits of essential (our body cannot make on it's own) Omega 3.
I see Omega-3 (also known as alpha-linolenic acid) on egg cartons and fish and I know it is good for me, but it wasn't until I read WHAT it does in the body that I get why I need it. I wanted to share it with you and maybe you will be as giddy about it as I am and add it into your diet.
Helps make Eicosanoids ( class of hormone like substances) that are crucial chemical regulators in the body.
Improves rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, some skin conditions
Reduces symptoms of colitis and Crohn's disease
Type 2 diabetes: reduces hyperinsulinemia and insilin resistance
Cardiovascular disease: lowers triglycerides and raises HDL cholesterol, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure.
Reduces severity of Alzheimers. depression and bipolar disorder
Where you can find it:
Flax seed has the highest amount overall
Fatty fish: salmon, tuna, mackerel
Canola Oil, Soybean oil
Now I find that fascinating! And how amazing the power of eating right and literally getting healthy.
If food can add this much to your health also keep in mind how much bad food can take away so eat right. Food is fuel and I believe we can get what we need by eating the right foods in the right amounts. I hope you enjoyed this information as much as I did.
Please check with a physician before taking any type of supplement or doing extreme diet changes. Pregnant women especially should make sure they stay within recommended amounts.
Sources: Nutrition by Paul Insel, Don Ross, Kimberley McMahon and Melissa Bernstein