8 Hearty Sources Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Recently, omega-3 fatty acids have become very popular.

So why are they getting all this attention? Well, research shows that omega-3s improve cardiovascular health, stabilize hormones, reduce inflammation and much more. But youíll only get these benefits if you eat the right ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s. According to the study mentioned above, a ratio of 2:1 of omega-6s to omega-3s respectively, is best for optimal health.

Omega-6s are easy to get because theyíre found in foods like vegetables, eggs, grass fed beef and so on. But omega-3s are much harder to get. And most of the foods rich in omega-3s also have high amounts of omega 6s.

So in this article Iíll show you foods that have high amounts of omega-3s and low amounts of omega-6s, so you can get closer to that ideal balance.

1. Salmon (Fish oil)

Salmon is one of the healthiest foods in the world. Itís a great source for proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Always go for wild caught fish over farm raised.

Oil extracted from salmon will give you lots of omega-3s. When buying fish oil, read the labels to make sure itís from wild caught fish and doesnít contain mercury.

2. Flaxseed oil

Youíll notice that most omega 3 supplements contain flax seeds. Flaxseed oil is rich in omega-3s and has a good ratio of omega 6s to omega-3s. This is a perfect source of omega-3s for vegans.

3. Krill oil

According to WebMD, Krill oil comes from shrimp-like creatures that live in very cold ocean waters. Though not much research has been done on krill oil, few studies show it contains the same amount of omega-3 fatty acids as fish oil. Additionally, krill oil is absorbed better in the body than fish oil.

4. Mackerel

You can never go wrong with fish if you want to increase omega-3 intake. This small fish is tasty and rich in nutrients and vitamins.

5. Chia seeds

Youíve probably heard of the many benefits of chia seeds. In fact, these seeds are considered one of the healthiest foods in the world. This may surprise you, but chia seeds contain more omega-3s than salmon, gram per gram.

6. Cod liver oil

This is a supplement extracted from the liver of cod fish. It has high levels of omega-3s and is also rich in vitamin D.

7. Walnuts

All nuts contain omega-3s, but walnuts have the best ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s.

You can eat walnuts as a snack or use them as ingredients in your recipes. You can also stir fry your vegetables with walnut oil to increase omega-3 intake.

8. Herring

Herring fish inhabit both salt and fresh water and can live up to 19 years. This fish is rich in omega-3s, vitamins and minerals.

Sardines are also a good alternative because they have all the health benefits of herring.

These foods and supplements will increase your omega-3 intake and ultimately improve your health. Make sure you add some of them to your grocery shopping list.

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JoAnn Paris9 months ago

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Peggy B9 months ago

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Chrissie R9 months ago

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