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The Powerhouse Nutrient You are Missing


BOOKMARK THIS POST to look back on the ๐Ÿ– reasons YOU need omega-3s:


1๏ธโƒฃ Lowers cardiovascular risk by easing inflammation at the CELLULAR level ๐Ÿซ€


2๏ธโƒฃ Reduces joint pain & oxidative stress


3๏ธโƒฃ Supports cognitive function & neuroprotection ๐Ÿง 


4๏ธโƒฃ Aids in eye health


HOW?๐Ÿค”


Omega-3s support the development of hormones that regulate blood clotting ๐Ÿฉธ, arterial wall contraction/relaxation, & inflammation. Omega-3s also cling to receptors that regulate genetic function ๐Ÿงฌ, which is why these healthy fats can lower the risk of heart diagnoses, joint pain, declining brain health & other health conditions.


5๏ธโƒฃ Daily needs = 1-3 grams per day (1,000-3,000 mg)


Needs for athletes are at the high end of this range!


WHAT does this amount look like?๐Ÿค”


6 oz wild salmon ๐Ÿฃ = 1,570 mg (1220 mg DHA & 350 mg EPA)


3 oz oysters ๐Ÿฆช = 260 mg (+ over a whole dayโ€™s worth of zinc!)


3 oz albacore tuna ๐ŸŸ = 733 mg


5.6 oz halibut = 740 mg


OR a third-party tested omega-3 supplement ๐Ÿ’Š @nordicnaturals


โžก๏ธ BONUS: How are omega-3s different from other healthy fats?


Omega-3 fats consist of EPA and DHA found in fatty fish!


Both of these fatty acids can be converted from ALA found in nuts and seeds, but it is not an efficient process. Ideally, consume fatty fish/fish oils to get EPA and DHA directly from food.


The other healthy fats in our diet include omega-6 fats, which are what contribute to the nutrient richness of foods like olive oil, nuts, seeds, and soybeans. Although omega-6 fats are essential nutrients like omega-3 fats, most Americans have an unequal ratio between the two and are very deficient in omega-3s. They both compete for the same enzymes, and omega-3s provide anti-inflammatory end products that omega-6s do not! This is why having a favorable ratio between the two fatty acids is essential for OPTIMAL health & cellular function!


๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธTAKE HOME MESSAGE?


It is essential to consume sufficient omega-3s to have a favorable ratio of OMEGA-3 : OMEGA-6!


Be sure to include fatty fish in your diet to optimize your heart, brain, and eye health while fighting off adverse inflammation ๐Ÿ‘



Until Next Time,


Your RD Fuel Good Experts ๐Ÿ


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