Remember this, omega-3 fats are very essential to your health and your children’s health. So it’s important to add it to your daily health regimen.
The best source of Omega-3 is fish oil and cod liver oil. I don’t remember ever hearing of fish oil when I was growing up but I sure do remember cod liver oil. I got many doses of that. My mother probably guessed it was the all time healer of whatever we were sick with.
Today with all the beneficial claims made about it, my mom was probably right. Fish Oil is just as beneficial in many ways too. Since heart disease is so prominent today fish oil or cod liver oil is highly recommended that you use either on a daily basis.
Researchers have found that Omega-3 oils stop the build up of fatty acids in the arteries. That is one of the biggest benefits for defending yourself against heart disease and stroke.
Fatty acids have found to block key routes to the brain or heart triggering a heart attack or a stroke. There is strong evidence available that supports the fact that Omega-3 decreases that blockage.
Omega-3 fats are also crucial to your levels of DHA and EPA. Not only is it beneficial in preventing heart disease list but also cancer and many other diseases.
Since the human brain is dependent on DHA levels – low DHA levels have been linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss, and a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
It’s also important that you buy a high quality fish oil too. It’s recommended you buy one that is free of mercury, PCB’s and lead.
Of course you should know all fish contains mercury. However the smaller fish have less mercury. Even though some doctors don’t recommend you eat fish, if you do anyway, make sure you buy the smaller varieties like cod.
Here’s another recommendation about Omega-3. It’s best in warm weather months to consume fish oil but in the winter months it’s best you consume cod liver oil.
Cod liver oil is higher in Vitamin D than fish oil so that’s why you need it mostly in cold weather areas. In the warm weather areas sunshine will help to supplement your intake of Vitamin D.
Usually our diets contain for too little Omega-3. That’s why it is recommended to take additional supplements of it. However we get all the Omega-6 and Omega-9 we need from food.
It is strongly advised that you avoid sunflower, corn, soy, safflower and canola oil and products that contain these oils.
This also means no hydrogenated oils, or partially hydrogenated fats, no margarine, no vegetable oil or shortening. All of these oils are full of Omega-6 fats and will only be more hazardous to your health if you eat too much of food containing them.
Acceptable oils include high quality extra virgin oil, coconut oil, avocados and organic butter.
Now if you eat meat make sure you follow these rules. The best meats are those raised primarily or entirely on grass-fed diets. Nearly all cattle found in grocery stores and restaurants are grain-fed before slaughter. If you eat this type of beef, it will worsen your omega intake.
Another side note is, be cautious of stores advertising grass-fed beef that really isn’t true grass-fed. All cattle are grass-fed to some extend, but the key is what they are fed the months prior to being processed.
Most cattle is shipped to giant fed lots and fed corn to fatten them up. That’s why you are safer to buy your beef in a store that usually sells organic products. Their beef products usually meet the right criteria.
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