Monday, September 1, 2008

Healthy Fats

What do fish, nuts, and green leafy vegetables have in common? Sure, they’re tasty – but they’re also great sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, and that’s great news for your health. Omega 3 fatty acids are crucial for the body’s wellbeing, and studies have shown that they help to both prevent and treat many different health problems (including psychological issues; in fact, one of the most recent studies, presently being conducted by researchers at the Australian Research Institute, examines the link between Omega 3 deficiency and depression). They’re essential for neurological development, and can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Basically, you’ve got to have these “miracle-working” fatty acids in your body in order to ensure optimal health.

If you’re lacking in Omega 3, your body will tell you through symptoms – though they’re easily attributed to other conditions and most people don’t realize they’re due to an Omega 3 deficiency. You may notice:

• Fatigue
• Dry, brittle nails
• Dry skin
• Constipation
• Dandruff
• Slow wound healing

Unfortunately, the body doesn’t produce Omega 3 by itself; therefore, you’ve got to make sure that your diet includes plenty of foods that are rich in this valuable substance. The following foods are some of the best sources of healthy Omega 3:

• Hemp seeds
• Flax seeds
• Walnuts
• Cold-water fish such as mackerel, salmon, tuna, halibut, and herring
• Pumpkin seeds
• Spinach
• Sunflower seeds

You hear a lot about staying away from fat, but the kinds of fat that contains Omega 3 are different than the artery-clogging saturated fats found in lard and butter. By eating the proper balance of these “good” fats, you can protect your body and your brain.


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