The importance of omega 3 fatty acids in promoting and maintaining optimal health is the result of the unique molecular structure of these disease preventing fats. When we consume foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as dark green leafy vegetables, chia seeds, algae, fish, enzymes in the body take up these unsaturated fats and build anti-inflammatory hormones which balances our immune system quenching pain and preventing inflammatory driven degenerative diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s.
Omega 3 fatty acids are considered essential fats, because the body cannot make them as it does other primary metabolites, but requires we consume them each day. Discovering the foods richest in omega 3 fatty acids and incorporating them in your diet will promote optimal health and significantly prevent all-cause mortality.
Here’s a list of my favorite sources of unsaturated omega 3 fatty acids…
Dark Green leafy Vegetables supply hexadecatrienoic acids which are omega 3 fatty acids the body uses to build the main omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA
Chia Seeds are an abundant source of Alpha Linolenic acid ALA providing almost 5 grams in 1 ounce. ALA is further desaturated by enzymes to the main omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
Flax Seeds supply 2,338 mg of omega 3 fatty acids in 1 tablespoon
Algae such as Schizochytrium and Spirulina contain the main omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA
Walnuts are a rich source of disease preventing omega 3 fatty acids
Hemp supplies 1 gram of omega 3 fatty acids per tablespoon
Marine Phytoplankton similar to spirulina, is a superfood containing an abundant supply of omega 3 fatty acids
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