Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Why We Need Them

No doubt you have heard the buzz about Omega-3 fatty acids and how important they are for heart-health, but its easier to put information into practice if you understand why.

The best foods that contain these lovely Omega-3’s are:

  • Mackarel
  • Lake Trout
  • Herring
  • Bluefin Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Canned Sardines
  • Atlantic Sturgeon
  • Albacore Tuna
  • Lake Whitefish
  • Soybean Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseed

This is why you heart loves them:

Even if you’re a healthy eater, there is bound to be some Saturated Fat and Cholesterol in your diet. Try to think of these two things as miniature armies if you will. They come in and pitch-up their tents on the walls of your arteries until they have to move. (Exercise and activity is what makes them move, by the way.)  But okay, say there isn’t a lot of exercise and the little armies never have to move, so they solidify their forts with the calcium (like concrete) that attaches to them. This results in hardening of the arteries, known as calcification. These new hardened forts are called plaques.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids tear right through these plaque-forts like bulldozers and lower the amount of hardened material on the artery walls. This is extremely important because if there are a lot of plaques, the arteries lose their elesticity and begin to narrow. Narrow arteries result in your heart needing to work harder just to get blood to flow normally. This leads to high blood pressure, which is a major contributor to stroke, heart attack, and heart disease (the number one killer!).

Further research indicates that diets high in Omega-3’s contribute to lower breast and colon cancer risk. Omega-3’s also aid in proper brain growth and development,  and the brain needs them to function properly.

Two to three Omega-rich meals per week, centered around the fish and other foods listed above, should provide you with adequate amounts of Omega-3’s in your diet.

© Danielle Hewitt (of Loving A Fit Life) and (including 2011 – 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Danielle Hewitt and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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