No discussion of healthy foods would be complete without
talking about Omega 3 fatty acids. Nor would any diet be complete without Omega 3 fatty acids.
These specific types of molecules play
a vital role in our health and development throughout
our entire life. Let’s take a closer look at these odd sounding nutrients to
find out why they are so important.
Wellness Starts at the Top
The brain is made up of about sixty percent fat. This fat is found mainly within the
membranes that surround the brain's nerve cells. The composition and chemistry
of these membranes has a direct effect on chemical reactions in the brain.
These chemical reactions are the brain's signals.
The influence that more Omega 3 in
the fat has on these signals has been studied extensively. It is believed that
Omega 3 fatty acids promote better and faster transfer of signals in the brain.
When your brain signals are working well, your whole body benefits.
Besides brain health itself, other health benefits related to
Omega 3 include inhibiting
cancer cell growth, reducing inflammation throughout the body,
prohibiting excess clotting in the blood, lowering high blood pressure and reducing high cholestrol,
and the risk of obesity
by stimulating a hormone called leptin, which helps regulate
metabolism and body weight.
While there is some speculation about the true power of
Omega 3 in treating or
improving things like mental disorders, heart disease, and cancer, many
researchers still claim there are significant benefits to consuming foods that
contain these vital fats.
Looking for Omega 3
Diets that contain fatty fish are continuing to show better results with
respect to less inflammatory ailments and less obesity-related diseases,
such as diabetes and heart disease. Fatty acids are most prevalent in seafoods,
with salmon, tuna, scallops,
sardines, and trout being particularly rich. Other sources of Omega 3s are
algae, krill, shrimp, and tofu, as well as certain
nuts and seeds, like walnuts
and flaxseeds. Other vegetables and spices like cloves, mustard seeds,
cauliflower, collard greens, and cabbage are good sources for Omega 3s.
Even certain berries, like
strawberries and raspberries, provide at least some of the same