Friday, November 2, 2012
I had a great call with Dr. Bill Sears last night. The majority of the call was shared discussing Omega-3 Fatty Acid, which is an essential fatty acid (EFA). Even though Omega-3 is essential to our health, our bodies cannot make it. We must get it from food and supplements. However, most of us do not get enough Omega-3 in our diets. (Most people have plenty of Omega-6). The best way to get Omega-3 is through Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon. Dr. Bill recommends 1 fist-sized portion of Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon twice a week. It is also beneficial to supplement with flax seeds and/or chia seeds, which I put in our smoothies every morning. (You can also find my yummy homemade cereal recipe here, which has lots of flax and chia seeds). Fish Oil supplements are also available, but remember these are "supplements" not "replacements." This means they should be taken "in addition to" not "instead of" your weekly fish intake.
EFAs can benefit our health and bodies in many ways. They build healthy brain cells and reduce the risk of heart disease. They also lower the risk of breast cancer and colon cancer. EFAs are very important for children and improve their learning and attention spans. Omega-3 is a natural mood elevator and regulator, this is especially beneficial in premenopausal and perimenopausal women. They improve cognitive function in elderly people, promote healthy skin and help improve vision and night vision.
My family and I have increased our Omega-3 fatty acid intake through fish, supplements, flax seeds and chia seeds, and we already feel the difference. My husband (a non-fish eater) has started eating fish and supplementing. He has already noticed a significant improvement in his mental focus and clarity.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of Omega-3, Dr. Bill has a new book called The Omega-3 Effect. You can order it through Amazon by clicking on the link below:
Happy and Healthy Regards!