Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Posted by Colleen

I love the picture of the ocean on our home page.  The state of Oregon has one of the most beautiful coastlines from Brookings at the southern tip to the quaint town of Astoria at the northern tip of Oregon.  Not only are beaches beautiful they are a great place for exercising, a walk on the beach or a brisk jog. The beach is a good place to de-stress too by sitting and relaxing taking in a beautiful sunrise or sunset.

The ocean is also a great source for nutritional foods wild pacific salmon, tuna, sardines, oysters and seaweed just to name a few. So what is omega-3 and why fish is a good source?  Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated acid that is essential for health. Eating 6oz. of wild salmon twice a week would give you the equivalent of 600mg of Omega-3s DHA and EPA daily.

Fish oil is preformed in our body which means it doesn’t need to convert the oil as it does when eating plant based omega-3. Did you know that our body may only have 3 to 5% success in conversion of plant based foods in our body?  The body must go through a series of complex biochemical steps and people’s bodies vary widely in their ability to make this conversion. Omega-3s are found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds.

The omega-6 is a polyunsaturated fat that is abundant in processed foods such as cookies, crackers, refined oils, such as soybean and vegetable oils.  The typical western food lifestyle the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 can be as high as 20 to 1. Omega-6 fatty acid should be consumed in moderation. Eating whole foods and not processed foods is the easiest way to know you will be limiting omega-6 in your diet.

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