Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed Meal
Reduce your chances of heart disease with Omega-3 Fatty Acids
It may not sound too appetizing, but fish oil is something you should consider incorporating into your diet. Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain development and function, and lowering triglycerides and cholesterol.
Our bodies need omega-3s, but cannot make them. Therefore, we must get them from our diet. The best source is from polyunsaturated fats found in shellfish and fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon.
Diets rich in omega-3s help reduce sudden cardiac death and heart attack in those who have heart disease. Fish oils also appear to lower blood pressure slightly.
One diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is the Mediterranean diet. The key components emphasize exercise; eating primarily plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts; replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive or canola oil; limiting red meat and eating fish at least twice a week. Grilled fish is a tasty and healthful option, but avoid fried fish, unless it’s sautéed in a small amount of canola oil.
If you don’t eat fish, or don’t eat it often, fish oil supplements or foods fortified with flaxseeds can provide omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds are rich in alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat that is a precursor to the form of omega-3 found in fish oils. Flaxseeds have anti-inflammatory benefits and also are believed to provide some protection against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and hypertension.
Get your fill of omega-3s with Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal. Freshly milled to preserve the natural oils and nutrients, just two tablespoons provides 2400 mg of omega-3 fatty acids.
Sources: www.rd411.com, www.mayoclinic.com, www.americanheart.org