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Oct 16 2016

Reduce inflammation: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

 

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What is all this talk about Omega 3 fatty acids? Do you need them? Do you get enough of them? Where can you get them?

Inflammation is what causes most health problems and keeping that under control is key to optimal health. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. They are also beneficial to our heart and brain health. Most people do not get enough Omega 3’s in their food plan, but one thing is for certain, we are getting way too much Omega 6 fatty acids and that causes inflammation in our body. Omega 6’s can be found in refined oils like soy, corn, canola, sunflower, safflower, and cottonseed of which are used in most of our processed and fast foods, sweets and processed baked goods, and restaurant foods. Read the food labels on what you buy and you will see where your omega 6’s are coming from.

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omegaHere are some ways to add more omega 3’s to your food plan to reduce inflammation:

 

  • Eat more wild caught cold-water fish, salmon, sardines, tuna, herring, mackerel
  • Grass-fed beef and bison
  • Free range eggs
  • Flax seed and flax seed oil, chia seed
  • Miso and tempeh
  • Walnuts and walnut oil
  • Spinach, kale, collard greens and green leafy vegetables, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower
  • Edible seaweeds
  • Supplemental sources: Fish oil, cod liver oil

For a more comprehensive list of Omega-3 foods see The World’s Healthiest FoodsOmega-3 Fatty Acids.

Listen to what Dr. Josh Axe has to say about the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids:

 

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References:

Authority nutrition: How to Optimize Your Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio 

Dr. Weil: Balancing Omega-3 and Omega-6?

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Jan Robbins Certified Diet Counselor, Nutrition Educator, & Family HerbalistHi, my name is Jan Robbins. I am a graduate of the Hawthorn University’s Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition (SFHN) program. I am also a Certified  Nutrition Educator, Diet Counselor, a Nutritional Herbologist, and Family Herbalist. I received my certifications from Bauman College and The School of Natural Healing. Over the years, I have taken many training courses in Nutrition, Iridology, Herbs, and Foot Reflexology.  I studied under renowned teachers such as Susun Weed and Dr. Bernard Jensen, as well as many others. I am also a Level II Reiki Practitioner. I look forward to helping you reach all your Healthy Notions.

 

 

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