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Fatty Acids, Omega-3

by Pierre S. Aoukar, MD and Hratch L. Karamanoukian, MD
Posted: April 2

Summary:
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, which means our bodies can not synthesize them, so we must obtain them from our diet. If you havenít already read about fish, read that before you read the rest of this section. So now you know all about fish and omega-3s. What if you are a vegetarian, or you donít like fish? After all, the healthiest diet is one based in plant foods. Well, nature has provided. The best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids are flax seed and walnuts. You can use the oils of these as well, but if you eat the whole thing you get the benefits from all those other goodies that are in there, like fiber and vitamins. In fact, vegetables are a better source of omega-3 than any of the cold water fish. One serving of flax seed has one and a half times as much omega-3s as salmon, while flax seed oil has twice as much per serving. Other sources of veggies high in omega-3s include green leafy vegetables, soybeans and nuts.

Reference:
Fatty Acid, Omega-3, Excerpt from the book: Everything Good For The Heart: The A to Z Guide, Aoukar PS and Karamanoukian HL. Magalhaes Scientific Press

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