Day 6: Tune Up!

fish oil

This is part of a series of blog posts called “14 Days to a Healthier You”

We’ve all heard of Omega-3s, but what are they and why are the important for our health?

Omega-3s are fatty acids that are essential for our health but not organically manufactured by the body.  (Meaning, they have to come from food).  Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish oil, nut and seed oil, and algae. Studies have shown that these fatty acids have many health benefits:  weight loss, improved cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation in joints, elevated moods, and reduced menstrual pain… just to name a few.

So what’s the best way to get adequate levels of Omega-3s?  First, food:  fish (sardines, salmon, albacore tuna, herring), nuts, and flaxseed all pack a powerful punch.  However–it may not be enough.  Our bodies need a good balance between Omega-3s and Omega-6s (found in olive oil, canola oil, etc.).  Since we tend to eat much more of the latter, we need to up our ante with the former to maintain the proper ratio. The solution: fish oil supplements.

Since the supplements market isn’t heavily regulated, it’s important to buy high quality fish oil–otherwise, you risk mercury contamination. Look for one that has both EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenois acid) — the two most easily absorbed fatty acids out there.

The two brands I trust are Nordic Naturals (which can be purchased at most health good stores) and Metagenics (which can be purchased online).  I take 2 softgels containing 720mg fish oil per day, in the morning.

RECOMMENDATION: Consider adding a high-quality fish oil supplement to your daily routine.

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