Your doctor may have already told you that incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into your diet is important. Those miraculous omega-3s are indeed fats, but don’t let that fool you – there’s a huge difference between omega-3 fatty acids, which are good fats, and the bad fats that show up in many kinds of processed foods.
Omega-3 fatty acids have the health benefits of increasing your resistance to heart disease, diabetes, pancreatitis, and more. When combined with better diet and exercise, they can also help with weight loss as well as the reduction of triglycerides in your system. Higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can also help with depression and memory loss.
You can incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids into your diet by eating more fatty fish, nuts, and flaxseeds. Fatty fish include salmon, sardines, herring, tuna, and mackerel. Omega-3s are also found in plant sources, such as chia seeds and algae. It’s definitely important to make sure that food is the main source of omega-3s in your diet.
There are also a number of supplements you can buy over the counter or at health food stores to help you boost your omega-3 intake. Check out this infographic for a breakdown of these supplements:
When it comes to taking fish oil, make sure you’re getting supplements that come from fish species with a high content of omega-3s. These should also be chock-full of naturally occurring vitamin E and free of toxic metals and dioxins.
These supplements are excellent for lowering triglycerides. For people who are vegetarians or not thrilled about the minor side effects of taking fish oil supplements (like slightly fishy burps), flaxseed oil is an excellent alternative.
Taking both supplements is even better for an extra boost of omega-3s and can help make sure you have healthy and youthful-looking skin.
Great flaxseed supplements are non-GMO and cold pressed.