Inflammation and Omega 3
To combat inflammation, look to the sea.
Has anyone ever offered you fish oil? It's not something you'll find at your typical weekend get together, but it is something you should consider incorporating into your diet. And, it can be as simple as eating your favorite seafood.
Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids, which combat inflammation linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. 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.
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 Publix Sockeye Salmon Fillets.
Sources: www.mayoclinic.com, www.americanheart.org, www.hhs.gov