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10 Superfoods - Omega 3 Fatty Acids

By Edited Sep 29, 2016 1 4

There are essentially 10 Superfoods that contain Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are considered essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that are necessary for optimal health. Many studies have shown that they reduce inflammation and may reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. They may also decrease the risk or cancer and Rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil supplement may benefit those with high blood pressure. These supplements can also lower triglycerides in people with diabetes. They play a significant role in normal brain development and function. They provide many other benefits for the human body than just the above mentioned ones.

These fatty acids are not found in the naturally in the body. Instead they have to be consumed. Some of these fatty acids are plant based and contain ALA fatty acids. Others are animal based and contain EPA and DHA. The AHA recommend 2 servings of fish per week for optimal heart health. Here is a list of 10 Superfoods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.

1. Fish is one of the most easily attainably and widely available source of EPA and DHA and it contains proteins. Good sources of these omega 3 fatty acids include tuna, Pollock, salmon, cod, catfish, flounder, grouper, halibut, Mahi mahi, orange roughy, red snapper, shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel.

2. Krill are shrimp or prawn-like crustaceans. They have a salty taste and a lot stronger than shrimp. They are the food supply for the great whales. They also contain a special antioxidant known as astaxanthin. This antioxidant protects the body tissue against some oxidative damage according to recent research.

3. Green lipped mussels from New Zealand contain a distinct blend of fatty acids that aids the body with inflammation.

4. Seed oil is plant based sources for the ALA form of Omega 3 fatty acids. Seed oils that are high in ALA include perilla, chia, flax, lingonberry, camelina, purslane, black raspberry, and hemp.

5. Whole seeds are another great source of ALA. These seeds are flaxseed, butternuts, hempseed, Persian walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts.

6. Eggs are a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids if the chickens have been consuming a diet of greens and insects.

7. Certain meats that are derived from grain or grass fed animals are high in Omega 3 fatty acids. These include beef, chicken, Kangaroo, and lamb.

8. Seal oil is another source of Omega 3 fatty acids. It benefit's the development of the brain, eyes, and nerves of children according to Canadian researchers.

9. Milk and cheese from grass fed cows contain Omega 3 fatty acids.

10. Acai palm fruit is also an0ther source of essential fatty acids.

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Comments

Jan 3, 2011 9:58am
Tribeguy
Nice list I hadn't heard of seal oil though.
Jan 3, 2011 2:39pm
Introspective
This is a great list to keep on the refrigerator, thanks pwarlick!
Jan 4, 2011 12:47pm
cricketlady
Great Article pwarlick! Keeping this one bookmarked!
Jan 6, 2011 11:56am
pwarlick
Glad you all enjoyed my articles, and just remember that it is a new year and we all need to eat healthier.
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