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February 22, 2012 / Happy Dietitian

Food of the Gods: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

By: Wendy Wu, R.D., M.S.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids are the healthy polyunsaturated fats that are soOoo good for us! Here’s why:

1) Increase good HDL cholesterol

2) Decreases Triglycerides

3) Good for the skin-maintain cell membrane, allowing for water and nutrient absorption and protects the skin from sun damage

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4) Reduce inflammation (helps with joint pain) and high blood pressure

5) Reduce migraine headaches

6) Boosts mood and memory

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7) Protects against age-related macular degeneration (macula of eye degenerates-leading to blindness)

8) Delay development of glucose intolerance in people without diabetes

9) Blood thinner-less likely to have clots

10) May alleviate symptoms of depression

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So where do we get Food Sources of Omega-3 fatty acids?

Wild Salmon

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Mackerel

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Herring

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Seaweed

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Anchovies

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Walnuts

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Trout

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Eggs Fortified with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Kale

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Ground Flax seeds

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Sardines

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Canola Oil

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 Brussel Sprouts

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It is important to note that omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, which means that our bodies cannot produce them, and therefore must be consumed in our diet.

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7 Comments

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  1. creativemedconnect / Feb 22 2012 5:27 pm

    The new hype is Krill oil!

  2. thehealthyfitdiva / Feb 22 2012 9:01 pm

    love my sardines!!! and you get a good dose of calcium from the edible bones as a bonus :)

  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities / Feb 23 2012 8:20 pm

    All this food is making me so very hungry… Fish fear me because I eat a whole fish a day! AHHHH HA HA HA HA! I get lots of omega-3 fatty acids, that’s for sure! :) Tonight, Chilean Sea Bass & Salmon! YAY! Excited lol.

  4. Happy Dietitian / Feb 25 2012 11:01 am

    MmMmM Yum! That’s why you have beautiful skin!

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