Friday, January 21, 2011

the great omega DEBATE

omega 3s
anti-inflammatory and mood stabilizing properties, and they have been found to reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and can lower cholesterol.

They can be found in oily, cold water fish like salmon, tuna, herring, and sardines
flaxseeds, walnuts, and lamb.
there is some concern about the mercury in fish, so taking capsules is an option.
Another popular option is flaxseed oil.
Which one is better? Which one has higher health benefits?

in the right corner FLAXSEED
in the left corner with the salmon colored shorts FISH OIL


Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA):

Necessary for physical and mental health. Found primarily in fish and fish oil.

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA):

Especially important to your body and necessary for various bodily functions involving your brain, blood vessels, and immune system. They are also found in shellfish, fish, fish oil, and enhanced foods (like baby formula).

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA):

This is the only omega-3 found in plants like flaxseeds, canola, soy, hemp seed, English walnuts, and enhanced foods. When you consume ALA, your body converts it into EPA and then eventually into DHA.

in short the most direct way to intake your omegas is from REAL FOOD

if you cannot intake that

much fish daily,

supplements are the next best thing

flaxseeds are great to add to shakes, cereals, pastas etc

either in oil form, ground or whole seeds

supplements, protein powders, protein bars

the best way to get your nourishment is from REAL FOODS

using fruits, veggies, whole grains to get your

vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats & carbs

your body can process foods more easily

there are more extensive processes that are required

with supplements, powders and processed foods


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