Best Source For Omega 3
What is the best source for omega 3? That a great question with a simple answer.
The best sources of omega 3 fatty acids are the fatty fish – salmon, tuna, herring, anchovies and sardines.
What about all the hype you’ve been reading about flax and flaxseed oil as the best way to get your omega 3s? Here’ the truth about that.
Flax and flaxseed oil contains the omega 3 fatty acid called ALA or Alpha-linolenic acid. You can also find ALA in spinach, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, perilla, walnuts and canola oil.
Now in theory, the body converts ALA into the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. But recent research has shown that in reality, our bodies only convert about 0.5% of the ALA we consume into the EPA and DHA our bodies can use. That’s not nearly enough to meet our body’s demand for these important nutrients.
The only source that provides you with optimum amounts of both EPA and DHA is oily or “fatty” fish. And, since very few people are able to meet the requirement of eating 3 to 5 four ounce servings of fatty fish a week, we need to look to fish oil supplements.
What’s so important about getting omega 3 fatty acids in your diet?
Here are just a few of the health benefits that research has suggested omega 3 oils may have an effect on:
- Brain development in infants and children
- Heart health
- Headaches and migraines
- Joint pain
- Heart disease
Remember, in order to give your body the best chance of getting the many benefits of omega 3, you need to get optimum amounts of EPA and DHA from the best source for omega 3 – fatty fish.
The best way is by supplementing with a pure fish oil supplement.
Make sure the oil in your supplement has been pressed from the flesh of wild, health screened, disease-free salmon. Other fish high in omega 3 are tuna, sardines and anchovies. A combination of oils from all of these fish can give you an extra “boost” of omega 3 for even greater heart, brain and joint health benefits.