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Care About Omega-3's? You Should!

By Sara Butler

You probably hear about a lot of nutrients and how amazing they are, but what you might not know is if you're getting enough of them. Omega-3 fatty acids are important to your health and wellness, but do you know why? Here's what you need to know about omega-3's and where you find them to ensure you're getting enough of the good stuff.

All About Omega-3's

Omega-3's are a type of fatty acid that is considered essential to the optimal functioning of your body. Your body cannot produce it, which means you have to get enough omega-3's to be healthy through the foods you eat.

The National Institutes of Health reports that omega-3's are used to make up the membranes that surround the cells in your body. They also are used to ensure the proper function of your organs such as your heart and brain. They also help to regulate hormones in your body.

Getting enough omega-3 fatty acids has numerous benefits for your health. They can help keep your triglycerides in check and they may also help to lower your risk of dementia and lower your blood pressure due to the fact that they help to support healthy blood vessel function and reduce overall inflammation.

Healthy adults should shoot for 250 to 500 milligrams of omega-3's per day.

Where to Find Them

If you're wondering how you can fit enough omega-3's in your diet, try adding these foods to your diet:

  • Flaxseeds - These seeds and the oil produced from them are rich in omega-3's, specifically ALA. They can help improve your digestion and reduce blood cholesterol levels. You can put ground flaxseeds in your morning smoothies or oatmeal and use the oil for salad dressings or other cold applications.
  • Chia seeds - These seeds are good for more than growing chia pets. They're full of omega-3's as well as fiber and protein that makes a great addition to your morning yogurt or smoothies.
  • Walnuts - Full of omega-3's, these are a great addition to vegetarian diets to help you get enough fatty acids
  • Grass-fed beef - Grass-fed cattle are full of omega-3's due to their diets, much better than grain-fed beef
  • Salmon - The king of omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods, salmon is a great source to add to your diet a couple of times per week

You must ensure you get enough high quality omega-3's in your diet each day in order to stay healthy!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Katy, Tex.

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