Think omega-3 and you will think fish oil, olive oil, and other oils. There are so many omega-3 products it can be really confusing.
What is omega-3 for?
Omega-3 does a variety of things in the human body, including helping to maintain skin, brain, and heart health.
Omega-3’s anti-inflammatory properties counter the inflammatory effects of the excessive levels of omega-6 in today’s diets. Just how excessive are our omega-6 levels? We’re supposed to be eating equal levels of omega-3 and omega-6, but typical Western diets contain around 16 times more omega-6 than omega-3!
What is omega 3 and omega 6?
Omega-3 and omega-6 are fatty acids that have their respective functions in the human body. We need them both.
What is omega 3 fatty acid?
A more accurate question would be, what are omega-3 fatty acids? They are three types of fatty acids, namely
- ALA, which exists in plants
- EPA, which the body can make from ALA
- DHA, which the body can make from ALA
What is omega 3 fats?
This is basically the same question. But it does highlight one thing: that omega-3s are oils. Oils means calories.
My omega 3 foods list
- Chia seed: crush before eating to release the omega-3.
- Kiwi fruit seed: yup, you’d need to crush this too if you’re going to absorb the omega-3.
- Macadamia: makes a great cooking oil with high smoke point.
Chia seed vs flax seed
While both are rich in omega-3, chia seed is a safer source as flax seed contains potentially toxic compounds, including cyanogenic glycosides. Because of this, I avoid all flax seed products!
Are omega-3 supplements safe?
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