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Facts about Omega 3 and EFAs

Source Naturals Omega3 Fish Oil

Not all of us like it, but fish is good for us. The American Heart Association recommends eating 2 servings of fish a week. A fish oil or Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) supplement is an alternative if you don’t eat fish regularly. Eating fish can help reduce your risk of stroke, depression, age-related degenerative diseases and inflammation.

Most people are unaware of the symptoms of an omega-3 deficiency. Symptoms like ADD, ADHD, poor concentration, dry skin, depression, weight gain, memory problems and others are all attributed to a lack of omega-3. Taking a fish oil or EFA supplement can make a big difference.

Broccoli, spinach, walnuts, anchovies, salmon, flaxseed and edamame are good sources of omega-3.   But if you don’t eat enough of these foods regularly, fish oil or an EFA supplement may be the best choice for you. Forget fried fish. Baked or broiled cold water salmon, mackerel, herring, and lake trout are higher in omega-3s and better for you.

Most Tilapia are fed corn-based feed and are high in omega-6 not omega-3. Foods like nuts, eggs, corn, and poultry contain omega-6. American diets usually don’t lack omega-6. It’s important in helping our blood clot, but our bodies need a specific balance of omega-3 and 6.

Omega-3 and EFAs are essential for the growth and functioning of all our cells. Omega-3 provides EPA (Eicospaentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) which are heart healthier fatty acids. A healthy diet includes omega-3 or EFA.

Sources:

Bouchez, Colette. Good Fat, Bad Fat: The Facts About Omega-3. Webmd.com. 12 Dec 2008. 22 Aug 2011.
[http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/good-fat-bad-fat-facts-about-omega-3].


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