Foods High in Omega 3 Fatty Acids! [What is Omega 3?]

🦶Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats important for overall health, particularly for heart health, brain function, and reducing inflammation. While omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained through supplements, obtaining nutrients from whole foods is generally recommended whenever possible. 🦶

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Here are some of the best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids:

Fatty Fish: Fatty fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, especially the long-chain varieties EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Examples of fatty fish include salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, and tuna.

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are a plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids. They are also high in fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients. You can sprinkle chia seeds on yogurt, or oatmeal, or blend them into smoothies.

Flaxseeds are another plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Grinding flaxseeds before consumption improves their digestibility and allows better absorption of nutrients. You can add ground flaxseeds to smoothies, cereals, or use them as an egg substitute in baking.

Walnuts: Walnuts are a good source of ALA and other beneficial nutrients. They make a great snack, or add them to salads, oatmeal, or baked goods.

Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and provide protein and other essential nutrients. You can sprinkle hemp seeds on salads, yogurt, or incorporate them into smoothies.

Seaweed and Algae: Certain types of seaweed and algae, such as nori, spirulina, and chlorella, contain omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA. These can be consumed in dried form or as a supplement.

Pasture-Raised Eggs: Eggs from chickens raised on pasture or fed an omega-3-enriched diet can contain higher omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA.

Soybeans and Tofu: Soybeans and tofu are plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Incorporating these into your diet can provide a range of nutrients, including omega-3s.

Remember that the body’s conversion of ALA to the more beneficial long-chain omega-3s (EPA and DHA) is limited. Hence, it is beneficial to include plant- and animal-based sources of omega-3s in your diet.

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Dr. Tomasz Biernacki received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013; he completed his Surgical Reconstructive Foot Surgery & Podiatric Medicine Residency in 2017; he completed 2 separate traveling Fellowships in Diabetic Surgery, Skin Grafting & Nerve Surgery. He is double board certified in Podiatric Medicine and Foot & Ankle Surgery separately. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” about himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Biernacki is a licensed podiatrist in Michigan. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Biernacki and you. It would be best if you did not change your health regimen or diet before consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.