Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that cannot be produced by the body so we need to get it from our food. So why is it essential? Scientists named them essential as they found a small amount was essential for normal growth and brain function in children.
OMEGA 3 HAS PROVEN BENEFITS
Omega 3 can reduce inflammation, lessen pain in muscles and joints as proven in controlled trials with sufferers of arthritis and prevent or treat dry eyes. It has been proven in a small study to help fibromyalgia sufferers as discussed at Fibromyalgia Network.
We would be living in a cave in the Himalayas if we had not heard of the benefits of omega 3 and that the suggested best supply of it is fish oil tablets.
Well I beg to differ, about the tablet part, as I believe that using a whole food must be better - so why not try flaxseeds. They are a wholefood that can easily be crushed and added to many foods such as bread, cakes and cereals and shakes. It is also a lot cheaper than fish oil tablets. Flaxseed is also known as Linseed.
Flaxseeds contain omega-3s and omega-6 fatty acids in the form of linoleic acid. (ALA). During digestion, ALA is converted into two different omega-3 fatty acids — called EPA and DHA — that are used to protect cell membranes.
Flaxseeds also contain lignans which are beneficial in helping balance hormones.
As an alternative to flaxseed oil, you can get the same omega-3s by grinding whole flax seeds in a coffee grinder and sprinkling the ground seeds over a salad, adding them to a smoothie or mixing them in fruit juice. If you choose this option, be sure to use the seeds immediately after grinding them to get the full omega-3 benefits.More information on foods that reduce inflammation at Help Autoimmune
Popular eye vitamins that contain flaxseed oil include: TheraTears Nutrition (Advanced Vision Research), Dry Eye Formula (EyeScience) and Tears Again Hydrate (Ocusoft). ALL ABOUT VISION
FOOD SOURCES OF OMEGA 3
So omega 3 can be found in flaxseeds and also in barramundi (fish), bream (fish), herring, leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, salmon, scallops, sardines, soy beans, tuna, organic eggs and grass fed beef so it is not necessary to take fish oil tablets.
The heart foundation recommends 500 mg every day to reduce heart disease as it has been found to lower triglycerides.