Is Eating Fish the Best Way to Get Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

oil-315528_1280There’s no doubt that omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are vital to our health and well-being. Several studies have shown that they are associated with a decreased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. You may have heard that eating fish is the best way to ensure adequate amounts of these protective fats. But, is that really true? Let take a look.

Fish is, without question, a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. But, these days, much of the fish consumed is heavily contaminated with mercury and other pollutants. In fact, according to a Harvard study, these pollutants have been implicated as brain toxins, and may also be a contributing factor in cardiovascular disease. Definitely, not what you want! Here’s how to get your omega-3s without the health risks associated with fish consumption:

Add hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax, walnuts, and leafy greens to your diet. These are great sources of the ALA (short-chain omega-3). I like to think of ALA as the “king” of the omega-3s, since the body can convert it to DHA and EPA. But, much of the ALA we consume is burned for energy and not converted. And, we all differ our ability to convert ALA to EPA and DHA.

To help ensure adequate EPA and DHA intake, take a clean algae-derived DHA supplement. A good one to try is Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s DHA+EPA Purity. You can find it here.

To your good health!

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