What do Omega 3 fatty acids do for your body?
- Supports cardiovascular and nervous systems
- Reduces inflammation in your body
- Your brain relies on the DHA Omega 3 for proper functioning
There are three types of Omega3 fatty acid: ALA, EPA, and DHA. ALA is essential, meaning your body cannot make it but must get it from foods. EPA and DHA can be obtained through eating foods containing them and can be made from ALA in your body. Certain vitamins and minerals are needed for this conversion and a deficiency in one affects your body’s ability to do so.
Dietary research groups recommend that you consume an average of 2.2 grams of Omega 3 fatty acids per day. Your Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio should be 4:1 or 2:1.
Good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids include:
- Hemp Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Brussel Sprouts
- Winter Squash
- Sea Weeds
Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP
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