Something’s Fishy…

You’ve heard it since you were a kid and you probably hated every second of it… Yes that’s right, I’m talking about those big old fish oil capsules you were forced to take as a child. I’m sure it seemed like just another chore your parents made you do, but they had the right idea. Fish capsules contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential oils, meaning your body needs them but cannot make them itself. Essential oils and nutrients make supplements and diets very important. Unless you are a huge seafood fan and happen to eat fish on a regular basis (once or twice a week), then you need to consume these oils through other means to maintain overall good health. In a regular diet most people consume a lot of Omega-6 fatty acids (through meat and nuts), but you need Omega-3 oils as part of your nutrient balance.

Why are Omega oils good for my health?

Omega oils act like a lubricant for your body. Overall, they help things run more efficiently. They help prevent blood clotting, high blood pressure, joint pains, and memory loss. Let’s not forget about the largest organ in your body… your skin! Omega-3 oils are a natural anti-age remedy, as they maintain the structure and fluidity of the cell membrane. This helps ensure that nutrients are flowing into the cell and wastes are following out. Your skin, hair and nails will thank you!

Why do you need both omega-3 and 6′s?

Imagine you are making lemonade – you need to balance the sour lemons and with the sweet sugar, but too much of either will ruin the mix! However, a perfect balance between both flavors will equal a delicious beverage. This principle applies to your Omega-3 and 6 intakes as well. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in many foods such as, meat, vegetable oils (shortening, margarine), nuts and seeds, and the list goes on. It is a lot easier to get your daily dosage of Omega-6 than it is Omega-3. In fact, the North American diet is said to contain 14-25 times more Omega-6 than Omega-3. Because Omega-6 fatty acids can promote inflammation you need Omega-3 because they reduce inflammation- you see they balance each other out like the lemons and sugar!

How can I get enough Omega-3 in my diet?

The thing is, Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in many foods, like chia and flax seeds, but they are not in the same organic form as in fish. There is more than just one type of Omega-3 oils and the important ones are the DHA and EPA, which fish contain a lot of. DHA and EPA Omega-3′s are important for your heart, brain, and visual development. Now maybe you don’t enjoy eating fish or you just don’t get around to cooking it. In this case all you have to do is either lower your consumption of Omega-6 oils to balance the two, or simple take a fish oil supplement. If you don’t like the taste of fish try taking a fish supplement that is flavoured like Carlson Cod Liver Fish Oil Lemon Flavour.

Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Anchovies
  • Black Cod
  • Cabbage
  • Canola Oil
  • Cauliflower
  • Cloves
  • Flax seeds & Flaxseed Oil
  • Halibut
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Oregano
  • Oysters
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Salmon Sardines
  • Scallops
  • Soybeans & Soybean Oil
  • Tofu
  • Trout
  • Walnuts & Walnut Oil

By incorporating these essential fatty acids into your everyday diet you’ll look, and feel better! Before you know it you’ll be having seafood nights weekly!

Your Health Nut,

Nikky

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