Monday, May 9, 2011

Where Does Your Omega-3 Fat Come from?

Omega-3 fats are considered healthy fats. They are known for protection from heart disease and are being studied for their anti-cancer properties.

It is important to know that there are two sources of Omega-3 fats: plants and fish.

Plants provide alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
Fish provide EPA and DHA

EPA and DHA are the healthy fats that provide our body with benefits. They are anti-inflammatory and have some antioxidant properties. When ALA is consumed, our bodies convert it to EPA/DHA. However, this conversion is small. For this reason, it is important to try to consume some fish sources of Omega-3.

Daily Recommendations:

500 mg/ day EPA + DHA equals: 3 oz salmon 2 times/week

ALA: walnuts, flax seeds, flax seed oil, canola oil, soybeans, soybean oil

DHA vegetarian: algal oil

EPA and DHA: cold-water fish, fish oil

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