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The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The World’s Healthiest Foods has done some investigative research about omega-3 fatty acids. It’s more commonly thought of in terms of supplements, but instead, the World’s Healthiest Foods has decided to focus on how you can obtain omega-3’s from real food.

There are actually three forms of omega-3’s. These are:

  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA):  Used by the cells in your body to create energy and important for overall bodily function. It’s recommended that foods containing ALA are always a part of your diet.
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA:  Affects the inflammatory system and prevents diseases related to inflammation.
  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA):  Helps with keeping the nervous system working properly and can aid in preventing neurological diseases.

Interestingly, if you consume foods that just contain ALA, then your body can convert it into both EPA and DHA. However, this is dependent on the intake of other kinds of fat that you consume, and whether you have the proper levels of vitamins and minerals. Also, if you choose to abstain from certain foods (such as being vegan), that can also affect your body’s ability to convert AHA.

The World’s Healthiest Foods recommends that, to get optimal amounts of omega-3, you consult with your healthcare provider about using a supplement. Also, switch to grass-fed foods.  Additionally, include 2-3 servings per week into your diet.

Best sources of omega-3

What are some of the best sources of omega-3? The most “bang for your buck” is flax seeds, which contain a whopping 133% of the recommended daily value of omega-3 per a 2-cup serving. Other sources include:

  • Walnuts
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Tofu
  • Soybeans

Want to learn more about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and the best sources to find them? You can read the full article here:  Omega-3 Fatty Acids.