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Beyond multivitamins: Omega-3 fatty acids

Written By | Jan 20, 2015

SAN DIEGO, January 20, 2015 — Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients necessary for overall good health.

They are not commonly found in a standard multivitamin but are critically involved in many functions of the human body.

Omega-3 fatty acids are of three major types:

  1. Alpha-linolenic (ALA)
  2. Eicosapentaenoic (EPA)
  3. Docosahexaenoic (DHA)

They were first discovered in the 1950’s by Johanna Budwig, PhD., a German scientist, and she incorporated them into a nutrient-rich diet administered to her cancer patients.




According to the American Cancer Society, thousands of patients who were treated with Dr. Budwig’s nutrient-packed diet experienced reduction in tumor progression or other significant health improvements.

The case for consuming adequate amounts of food which are high in omega-3 fatty acids is compelling.

Commonly known diseases which plague society with high treatment costs and great human suffering, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, asthma, developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune disease could be related to inadequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, the average American diet lacks sufficient amounts of omega-3 fatty acids to foster good health.

With possible deficiencies causing a variety of symptoms such as excessive thirst, frequent urination, and dry skin and hair, a blood test to measure levels of omega-3 fatty acids can be administered by a qualified medical profession.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in a variety of foods, and it is recommended to include at least one of them in the daily diet:

*Seafood (consume 2-3 times each week)

-Anchovies

-Bluefish

-Herring



-Mackerel

-Salmon

-Sturgeon

-Sardines

-Lake trout

-Tuna

*Not recommended for those with an allergy to any type of seafood

 

There are a variety of non-seafood foods available to delight the palate:

-*Walnuts

-Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil

-Canola oil

-Soybean oil

-Brussels sprouts

-Kale

-Spinach

-Salad greens

*Not suitable for those with a known allergy to nuts

 

Medical professionals can help advise on specific dosages of Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and their benefits for individual patients.

When buying an omega-3 supplement, be certain to read the label to check its contents for mercury, allergens and other unwanted contaminants.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Cummings/flickr

Photo courtesy of Stephen Cummings/flickr

Fish oil capsules could be an ideal supplement for adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diet, and suitable for those without an allergy to seafood.

The lesser known algae oil supplement is a great option for adding fatty acids to the everyday diet without the potentially harmful effects caused by a seafood allergy.

Another benefit of consuming omega-3 fatty acids is that they may improve appearance while fighting the effects of aging.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a known wrinkle fighter!

Enjoy the wonderful health benefits of consuming a variety of delicious foods which contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Alternatively, find just the right omega-3 fatty acid supplement and reap the health benefits that way.

Preventing disease is far more desirable than needing to cure it!

It is oftentimes the simplest steps towards good health which can lead to the greatest overall benefits.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.

In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.

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Laurie Edwards-Tate

Since 1984, Laurie Edwards-Tate has served as President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare, a non-medical Home Care Aide Organization, serving seniors, disabled, infirm and children. Laurie is Board of Director 2018 (elected), Palomar Health; Executive Board Member; Chair Board Human Resources Committee; Member of Audits & Compliance Committee; Community Relations Committee.