If there’s one healthy fat you need to know about, it’s Omega 3. Omega 3’s are are fats commonly found in marine and plant oils, including fish oils such as cod liver oil, algal oil, squid oil, and some plant oils such as flaxseed oil.
Why Do I Need Omega 3?
Omega 3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids, meaning that they cannot be synthesized (created) by the human body, but are vital for normal metabolism. These are among the best fats we can eat – we need them to function well. Yet most of us don’t get enough, which can leave us with some nasty symptoms:
- brain fog
- aching joints
- accelerated aging
Omega-3 fatty acids in algal oil, fish oil, fish and seafood have even been shown to lower the risk of heart attacks. Double blind studies have shown “medium to strong treatment effects of omega 3 fatty acids on symptoms of ADHD.”
Flaxseed — but not flaxseed oil — also contains a group of chemicals called lignans that may play a role in the prevention of cancer. Studies suggest that flaxseed oil may help prevent the growth of breast tumors. In one Canadian Study, researchers discovered that flaxseed oil prevented breast tumor growth.
Sources of Omega 3
Some of the most widely available sources of Omega 3 are cold water oily fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines. Kiwifruit, chia seed, flax seed and flax oil are also quite commonly available, and have a high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids.