The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have been toted for some time. But did you know these good-for-you polyunsaturated fats have also been shown to help protect against arthritis, cancer, dementia and depression?
According to WebMD: “Omega-3 fatty acids help fight disease by reducing inflammation in the blood vessels, joints, and elsewhere in the body. At high doses they also lower the risk for an abnormal heart rhythm and reduce unhealthy fats in the bloodstream known as triglycerides. Finally, they can slow plaque build-up inside the blood vessels. Our bodies can’t make omega-3s, so we must get them from foods or supplements.”
Luckily, omega-3 fatty acids are available in many forms. The types found in fish, called DHA and EPA, have been studied most extensively and appear to have the strongest health benefits. Below is a list of some of the best seafood sources for getting your omega-3’s:
Omega-3’s can also be found naturally in non-seafood items ranging from flaxseed and walnuts to Brussels sprouts and kale. Today, many foods are also fortified with omega-3’s including some pastas, peanut butter and eggs. Next time you make a trip to the grocery store, be sure to stock up on these heart-healthy, good for you fats!
Sources: LiveStrong.com, WebMD