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Ever Wonder about Omega-3’s?

Posted by rhondascooking on March 14, 2009

Omega-3 essential fatty acids, simply called Omega 3’s for short, are essential for a healthy life, particularly a healthy heart.1 The body cannot make omega-3 by itself, but it is essential for a person to consume these through foods (hence the name Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids).  There are other types of essential fatty acids, but the two principle types are omega-3 and omega-6; both are important in the right proportion.2  Most Americans have a diet that is imbalanced in the consumption of omega-3 and omega-6.  One reason is because we are a “quick and easy” processed meals society.  The ideal amount, is 1 to 2 ratio omega-6 to omega-3 instead of being 25 times more Omega 6!2  Since our diets are already rich in omega-6s, this article will focus on how to get more omega-3s. 

 

First, let’s start with the benefits of omega-3s. Many studies have shown that people who consume a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids1:

·        Have a decreased risk of developing heart disease

·        Have a reduced risk of death from a cardiac causes, when taken after a heart attack

·        Ease depression and bipolar depression

·        May protect against Alzheimer’s disease

·        May lower chance of developing dementia

·        May help in treating hyperactivities disorder (ADHD)

·        May help to treat joint pain, stiffness and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis

 

You can obtain omega-3 by eating cold-water fish, ground flaxseeds, or supplements.  Consult your doctor to schedule a physical assessment; then work with your doctor, dietician, or fitness/nutrition counselor to determine the appropriate amount you need.

 

1Schulman, Robert MD.  Solve It With Supplements.  New York: Rodale, 2007.

2”Introduction to Probiotics.” National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  Jan 9, 2009. Jan 17, 2009 <http://nccam.nih.gov/health/probiotics/#uses>. 

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5 Responses to “Ever Wonder about Omega-3’s?”

  1. Heartlyn Forbes said

    Hi Rhonda,

    Sorry to learn that you were having a rough patch. Be encouraged by it because it means you’re up to something good and the devil don’t want you to suceed (I’ve been there myself). Love the articles…keep them coming and I look forward to your show on the food network!

    Love,
    Heartlyn (Turks & Caicos)

    • Hi, Heartlyn, thanks so much for the kind and inspirational words. It’s always good to get that push and support during the lows. I am on my way up! Thanks for the encouragement. Oh yeah, girl, I can’t forget my Turks & Caicos sister so no reminder is needed! 🙂

  2. Cynthia Metoyer said

    Thanks for your informative articles.
    Cynthia Metoyer

  3. Justine Lopez said

    Wow Rhonda!! Thank you so much for sacrificing your time to share your knowledge with us! It truly is a blessing! I pray a 100 fold return on your seed sown! Omega 3’s, here I come!!

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