Most of us have been told all our lives to stay away from fatty foods. While that’s generally good advice, there is one type of fatty food we definitely want more of. Omega-3 fatty acids. Not only does your body need these fatty acids to function, but they also deliver some big health benefits. Studies have shown that Omega-3s can reduce the risk of heart disease, alleviate asthma symptoms, and aid in preventing everything from rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer’s and dementia. They are, literally, the superheroes of dietary nutrients.
Where to Get Omega-3s?
The largest dietary source of Omega-3 fatty acids is fish. Fish is a good source of DHA and EPA Omega-3 fatty acids, two of the most beneficial. Particularly fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and sardines. ALA, another beneficial fatty acid, is most common in walnuts, flaxseed, canola, and soy. Many people, however, simply don’t consume enough of these foods to gain any real benefit. Vegans have a particularly difficult time getting enough Omega-3. That is why it is wise to supplement your dietary intake with fish oil.
However, getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids to enjoy the health benefits through diet or fish oil supplements can be problematic in itself. While eating more fatty fish is a good idea, some are likely to have higher levels of mercury, PCBs, or other toxins. Doctors suggest children and pregnant women should avoid these fish entirely. Oils, like flaxseed, canola, and soybean, can be high in calories causing unwanted weight gain if consumed in larger quantities. And fish oil supplement can cause indigestion and gas.
A Better Way
Today, there is an alternative to the side effects and other drawbacks of dietary Omega-3s and fish oil supplements. Self-administered, transdermal nutrient patches from Nutri-Patch - time released vitamin supplements on a skin patch – can provide all the health benefits of a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids with one application a day.
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While you may have shifted your diet, and we commend you for it, be aware of what you may be giving up as you change what you eat, possibly missing out on things your body needs. As sure as you need air and water to survive, you need vitamins to keep your system functioning and ward off sickness.
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