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Holistic Healing & Wellness | Julia Jun, certified health coach

Why is it important to take Omega-3?

Posted on August 20, 2013

Omega-3 fatty acids are what's called essential fatty acids. We need them to help our bodies to work normally. Omega-3's are not made in the body so we need to get them from our diet.

There are several types of omega-3 fatty acids but the two really important ones are EPA and DHA.  These are mainly found in fish (like salmon, tuna, mackerel, lake trout and anchovies). Plants like flax contain ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid that is partially converted into DHA and EPA in the body.

Some health benefits from taking omega-3...

  • Reduce risks of heart disease
  • Help wth rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Lower changes of depression
  • Help with Asthma
  • ADHD
  • Alzheimer's disease and dementia

My dad always said, "fish is the brain food... it makes you smarter".

Here are some other foods you can add to your diet to get omega-3.

  • walnuts
  • pumpkin
  • edamame
  • chia seeds
  • flax seeds and oil
  • canola and olive oil
  • omega-3 rich eggs

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